In a major victory on separatist crackdown, the members of the banned insurgent group - National Liberation Front (NLFT -SD) surrendered on Tuesday, in Tripura's Ambassa in the presence of State CM Biplab Kumar Deb. The NLFT-SD had signed a Memorandum of Settlement with the Tripura government and Union Home Ministry on Saturday.
Sources report that 88 cadres of the insurgent group along with their family have surrendered, as informed by NLFT's Information and Publicity Secretary Kajal Deb Barma. She stated that the reason for their surrender was due to PM Modi's call for peace in the region. Earlier on Saturday, the NLFT-SD signed a peace agreement with the Tripura government and the Union Home Ministry to return to the mainstream.
The NLFT(SD) was led by Sabir Kumar Deb Barma. The organisation has been under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since 1997. As per the Press Information Bureau, the group has engaged in violence by operating from their camps across the international border. It was responsible for violent activities including 317 insurgency incidents owing to which 28 security forces and 62 civilians lost their lives between 2005-2015. Peace talks had been initiated in 2015 and there has been no violence by the outfit since 2016.
The BJP won over 90 percent seats in the recently conducted three-tier panchayat elections in the state. Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said that in Zilla Parishad out of 116 seats in 8 districts, the BJP won 114. In the Panchayat Samiti, out of 419 seats in 35 blocks, BJP won 411 seats. In the Gram Panchayats, out of total 6111 seats in 591 Panchayats #BJP has won 5916 seats.