Christian Militants Kill Tribal Leader on Eve of Prime Minister Visit
Posted October 29, 2005
Agartala, Oct. 28 2005
Suspected National Liberation Front of Tripura militants have struck again on the eve of the Prime Minister's visit, killing a senior CPM tribal leader this time.
The decomposed body of Kartik Tripura was recovered from a forest near Manughat in Dhalai district this morning.
Police sources said 41-year-old Tripura had left his home in Manughat for Chichingcherra on Tuesday evening. When he did not return, his family reported the matter to Manu police personnel yesterday and a search was launched.
Sources said Tripura was hacked to death by NLFT militants for working for the CPM in violation of their diktat.
Tripura is the second CPM leader to have been killed within a week. Last week, All Tripura Tiger Force militants had gunned down Bidya Debbarma, a CPM leader from Champaknagar.
While the Tiger Force militants yesterday urged the Prime Minister to initiate a political solution to insurgency in the state, the NLFT ambushed a TSR patrol, killing two jawans, on Wednesday.
But though the militants are striking repeatedly to make their presence felt, their tribal support base is waning rapidly.
The tribals of Chhailengta today informed the police about the presence of militants in their village yesterday.
Soon after, a combined force of police and TSR jawans raided the village and rounded up NLFT rebel Swaraj Debbarma. A pistol was found on Debbarma.
Police sources said the tribals, who were earlier reluctant to extend any co- operation, were now coming forward with concrete information.
An NLFT militant surrendered before company commander of Tripura State Rifles at Tuisama in North Tripura district last night, reports PTI.