Surrendered extremists sit for hunger strike in Tripura

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Agartala, Nov 27 (UNI) About 65 surrendered extremists of outlawed ATTF and NLFT undergoing training in Lachi and Lovestory vocational training centres of South Tripura sat for 36-hour hunger strike last evening demanding withdrawal of all pending cases against them.

The militants also met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar threatening to launch fast-unto-death programme unless the state government withdraw the cases.

Senior police officials along with other civil servants rushed to the spot and held several rounds of meeting with them but the former militants threatened to continue the agitation unless they are given written commitment.

Meanwhile, police said as per the rule, except crime against women all the pending cases would automatically be withdrawn when they complete the training and move for settled life.

Among them, two surrendered militants were accused of rape and molestation for which they will have to go through the judicial procedure, said Additional Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Udaipur, Manik Lal Das.

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