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Over 450 Tripura militants surrender in last two years

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Agartala, Apr 11 (UNI) Altogether 458 militants have surrendered to the authorities in Tripura in the past two years following growing infighting, frustration and food and financial crisis in their training camps in Bangladesh.

Official sources said here today that the lavish lifestyle of the leaders of the outlawed All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) in Bangladesh cities like Dhaka and Chittagong and the food and financial crisis in the training camps had led to the growing infighting within the rebel groups.

''Unable to cope with the hard life and frustration at the false promises made by their leaders, a large number of militants managed to escape from the training camps in Bangladesh with arms and ammunition and surrendered before the authorities in Tripura in the past two years,'' the sources said.

They said in the past three years these militans had deposited 303 fire arms, including AK series of rifles, SLRs, 303 rifles and Chinese grenades, besides hundreds of ammunition.

During the past two years, 77 militants had been killed in encounter with the security forces, while 162 were arrested. On the other hand, 58 security men were killed and 23 injured in attacks by militants during the same period.

The sources said during the first two months of the current year, there were 20 incidents of militant attack in which five people, including two security men, were killed and ten, including nine security men, injured.

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