Tripura blasts: Police ignored a tip-off from WB

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Agartala, Oct 3: In what could be termed as 'negligence', Tripura Police is reported to have ignored a tip-off from Bengal Government about the Tripura blasts. "Tripura police had ignored a tip-off from Bengal about possible blasts in urban areas by north-eastern militant groups," a senior officer has admitted a day after five explosions in the capital Agartala. The officers of State Police's intelligence wing who accused the HUJI militants of Bangladesh on the day of blasts are now stating that 'no attribution is possible till investigations made progress'.

"Bengal police had passed on intelligence last month that northeastern militant outfits — such as Ulfa, the All Tripura Tiger Force and the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) —were planning blasts in Tripura towns with Huji help. In Tripura, militant attacks usually happen in rural areas," said a Senior Police officer.

"The Bengal police apparently learnt of these plans after the arrest of a KLO leader in north Bengal. But Tripura police did not act on the information, possibly out of complacency since the Tiger Force appeared to have weakened over the past few years," the officer said.

He claimed that north-eastern militants received training from Bangladesh Rifles near Chittagong.

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