Arms recovered in Tripura after encounter with ATTF

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Agartala, Jul 21: The Tripura police has recovered arms and ammunition following an encounter with the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) ultras in the remote Tuihaching area under Khowai police station in West Tripura.

Police said one AK-66 rifle, one magazine with 28 rounds, one 9mm Pistol-1, one Magazine with six rounds of ammunition and a Bayonet were recovered yesterday after the encounter with the militants.

Acting on a tip-off, the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel had been conducting a special operation in the tribal dominant hamlet.

All of a sudden, a group of ATTF extremists, led by self-styled captain Nanigopal Debbarma, opened fire on the security forces which was retaliated with a counter-fire.

After 20 minutes of heavy gun battle, the militants fled under cover of the dense forest.

Later, police conducted a raid in the area and recovered arms and other incriminating documents from the spot, Superintendent of Police (Operation) Nepal Das said.

He claimed that some of the ultras were seriously injured in the encounter and the police had launched a manhunt in the area.

Meanwhile, in another operation, an ATTF collaborator, of Tuichaharpek under Kalayanpur police station in West Tripura, was arrested, police said.

UNI

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