Two ultras surrender, another arrested in Tripura

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Agartala, Jul 15: Two hardcore militants of the Bru National Council of Tripura (BNCT) surrendered before security forces, while police arrested another cadre of the same outfit in separate incidents during the past two days.

Police said here today that Rajiham Reang (24) of Kanchanpur, bordering Mizoram, and Dehenjoy Reang (26) of Ganganagar, bordering Bangladesh, had surrendered before Assam Rifles personnel at remote Biswamani para of North Tripura on July 13.

They had fled from their extremist camps in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh following severe shortage of food and other logistics, a senior Assam Rifles official informed.

He added that the extensive movement of security forces across the state, besides support from the civil society, had checked the activities of the insurgents.

The state government had also rehabilitated 391 ultras who had surrendered during the past three years.

In a separate incident, acting on a tip-off, police nabbed a BNCT extremist, identified as Balakhan Malsom (24), from tribal-dominated Jalaya para in south Tripura.

He was arrested in connection with the abduction of Alani Kumar Malsum, a tribal, who reportedly refused to shelter the militants in his house.

Malsom was kidnapped by BNCT extremists on June 15 from Tanthai Bari and subsequently released on June 17.


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