Death toll rises to four in Tripura ambush

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Agartala, Nov 30 (UNI) The official death toll raised to four with the death of a supervisor of NPCC in an ambush at remote Wadukcherra area under Dhalai district along Tripura-Bangladesh border, about 200 km from here yesterday.

Police said, BSF patrolling vehicle was ambushed by a group of suspected NLFT (BM) extremists on the border. Biju T, R C Nath and Sonatan Biswas, Constables of BSF and Monoranjan Sarkar, NPCC staff supervisor died at the spot in the incident while Head Constable Abidur Rahaman and one worker of NPCC identified as Uttam Das received serious bullet injuries and were shifted to Agartala Government Medical College.

Reportedly, the extremists used IED first and then opened fire from automatic weapons on the vehicle but there were no loss of arms and ammunitions from BSF side.

The spot was under the operational area of air-maintained border Out Post surrounded by deep jungle on both the sides of the border, BSF Spokesperson A K Singh said adding the visibility of the area was only 500 metres.

Meanwhile, a red alert has been sounded across Tripura and security has been beefed up by the Border Security Force along Indo-Bangla border following the terror attacks in Mumbai.

Mr Singh however, pointed out that the strength of border guards had been increased and patrolling intensified. Steps had also been taken to ensure better coordination between border outposts and security posts along the border.

On the other, three hardcore All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants surrendered yesterday with AK 46 and 47 rifles, six magazines and 200 round ammunitions.

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