Former Tripura militants organise blood donation camps

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Agartala, Mar 31 : Once they shed blood in the name of divisive ideology in Tripura and today they donated blood to save lives of the people. This is the transformation that has taken place among those who gave up guns for a better life and be a part of the society and society in the state.Ananta Debbarma, once second-in-command of the banned militant organization National Liberation Front of Tripura is a reformed person.

"The blood, which we have donated now, is a very important. As at present, we are unable to give anything, but we do have hearts. That's why we are donating a blood," said Debbarma.

It is his way of paying back or repenting for his past mistakes. Not only Debbarma, there are others who feel the urge to contribute positively for the development of the society.

"We are unable to provide any monetary help to anyone. That's why we considered blood donation as the best possible way to save other's life. As every person, every civilian doesn't make any difference, to which community he belongs, he should donate the blood," said Tapan Bahadhur, another surrendered militant.

This effort was appreciated by the local tribal population who also came forward for the first time as a gesture of solidarity.

Tripura has been a success story so far as containing militancy is concerned. any cadres have returned to normal life availing the incentives given by the government, like vocational training, a monthly stipend of 2000 rupees for thirty six months and a grant of 150000 rupees as a fixed deposit that can be withdrawn after three years subject to good behaviour.

Some of the banned groups which claim to represent the tribals were rejected by the people. The recent elections also demonstrate how eager and enthusiastic indigenous tribals are to join the mainstream by rejecting the tribal party, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) in almost all the twenty tribal seats and voting for the mainstream Left party.

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