Tripura rebel leader held in Bangladesh, handed over to India

AGARTALA: All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) chief Ranjit Debbarma has been arrested in Bangladesh and “pushed back” to India through the Meghalaya border. The rebel leader was produced before a court in Agartala on Wednesday and was remanded in police custody.

Intelligence sources said Ranjit was arrested by Bangladesh officials in Dhaka on December 22. He was “pushed back” to India along the border with Meghalaya late on Tuesday night.

BSF officials took Ranjit into custody at the border and handed him over to Meghalaya police. Tripura police officers brought him to Agartala on Wednesday morning. Intelligence sources said Tripura police had learnt about Ranjit’s arrest in the first week of January.

The sources said Biswamohan Debbarma, another top rebel leader who heads National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), has also been arrested near Dhaka, but it could not be officially confirmed. The ATTF and NLFT are two major militant outfits operating in Tripura.

The sources said Ranjit was staying in Dhaka since last 20 years and was arrested when the Rapid Action Battalion had raided his house based on specific information. His arrest comes months after BSF submitted a list of militant hideouts in Bangladesh to Border Guards, Bangladesh (BGB), in Dhaka.

Source: The Times of India

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