Tripura rebel leaders held in Bangladesh
AGARTALA: Security forces in Bangladesh have reportedly arrested two top militants - All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) supremo Ranjit Debbarma and National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) chief Biswamohan Debbarma - from Dhaka in December last year.
Intelligence officials in Tripura are trying to confirm the arrests of Ranjit and Biswamohan.
Police intelligence officials here on Friday said Ranjit was arrested from a posh location in Dhaka on December 30 and Biswamohan on December 23 last from nearby areas. According to reports, they have been living in Dhaka for the past two decades. Their arrest comes mere months after BSF submitted a list of militant hideouts to Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).
Both the militant leaders were apprehended by the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). The RAB members, after receiving specific information, surrounded the flats in Dhaka and arrested the militant leaders, a source said.
The ATTF chief has been heading violent operations from Bangladeshi soil since 1990. "The RAB is trying to locate the organization's arsenal in the country," the source added.
|I'm surprised this didn't lead to an 'encounter', but perhaps the Indians wanted these guys really bad and paid to have them delivered alive...|
It is reported that Ranjit Debbarma has been under a remand since his arrest and is being quizzed by a joint interrogation cell. The group led by Ranjit has been demanding secession of Tripura from India.
Militant activities in Tripura are apparently regulated by its leaders who have safe houses in Bangladesh. Ranjit Debbarma is now the chief as the other top leaders of the separatist group are in various jails. Security has been tightened along the Indo-Bangla border to thwart any possible retaliation by ATTF after Ranjit's arrest.
NLFT's military wing chiefs - Bishwamohan Debbarma, Nayanbasi Jamatia and Upendra Reang - are still believed to be in Bangladesh.
Sources claimed that at least seven Indian militant groups have been active in Bangladesh since 1990. India and Bangladesh have stepped up cooperation in handling crime, militancy and terrorism since PM Sheikh Hasina took office in 2009.
|The previous Bangla leader wasn't so keen on cross-border anti-terrorism. Wonder why...|
Posted by: Steve White