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32 militants camps still exist along the Indo-Bangla border: BSF IG B.N. Sharma
32 militants camps still exist along the Indo-Bangla border: BSF  IG B.N. Sharma
PHOTO : IG BSF B N Sarma speaking to media persons at BSF Head Quarter Salbagan.TIWN Pic Nov 28

AGARTALA, November 28 (TIWN): 32 militant camps still exist along the Indo-Bangladesh international border, said Inspector General of BSF Tripura frontier B.N. Sharma. Out of the total 32 militant camps, most of them belonging to banned outfits National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), IG of BSF said. Speaking to the reporters in BSF headquarter at Salbagan, B.N. Sharma said that a total of 64 Border Out Posts (BOP) are present in the state. Out of the 64 Border Outpost BOPs, 22 BOPs are operational at present, he added. The remaining 42 BOP will become operational soon, he added. Most of these hideouts are concentrated at Chittagong Hill Track (CHT) in the neighboring country Bangladesh. The insurgents were using Tripura-Mizoram-Bangladesh tri-junction as corridor, security agencies, including Assam Riffles and Tripura State Riffles (TSR) have been trying hard to stop infiltration of militants from across the border, the IG further mentioned.BSF and district police administration were asked to maintain strict vigil along the border so that militants could not enter into the Indian soil, he added.Tripura also shares 851-km-long border with Bangladesh which constitutes 85 per cent of its total border and out of the 851 km long border with Bangladesh 703 km fencing is already completed and 143 km are still unfenced due to various issues, he mentioned.

The real cause for NLFT or any other Tripura insurgent group for not taking off big time is because of the zero tolerance of Hasina's government and the pressure exerted on the security forces in our neighboring country by the political leadership to hit out at the rebels, be they from ethnic militant groups of India's Northeast or local Islamist radicals.  That is why the Islamist radicals are fleeing to West Bengal where they get all the sanctuary and support they need to thrive. The moment this pressure is gone, the NLFT will be able to revive itself again.

The National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) insurgents are regrouping at Bangladesh to strengthen their outfit, said a highly placed source of police.
It is to be mentioned here that, NLFT self-styled foreign secretary Utpal Debbarma was out on bail on November 6.  Debbarma was arrested from Aizawl way back in 2011 by jawans of the Assam Rifles and SIB sleuths. He was charged with sedition and illegal possession of arms. The release of the top-ranking rebel leader has set an alarm bell among the security agencies including Assam Rifles and SIB. Utpal Debbarma a dropout student from the erstwhile Tripura Engineering College (TEC) joined the NLFT and was soon elevated to the position of ‘foreign secretary’.
But remote regions of Chittagong Hill Tracts like the Northern Sajek ranges (where NLFT bases now are mostly based) are still not accessible and Bangladesh security forces have limited capability of hitting these areas. That explains why the NLFT, especially its Panther regiment, has been able to regroup in this area and operate on the Mizoram-Tripura axis, source added.
They have avoided taking on security forces, lest they face determined counter insurgency action from both sides of the border. They have restricted themselves to rebuilding their finances that lay in tatters. Tripura managed to crush tribal militancy in the early 2000 by determined police action, trans-border surrogate assaults and superb area domination by the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) one of the best forces of its kind in the country now.

Documents given at BSF Press conference showing BSF's bravery and performance. TIWN Pic Nov 28

It is to be mentioned here that, NLFT firing on November 18 killed one Border Security Force (BSF) Jawan and a civilian driver at Khantlang, a village bordering Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh. According to the BSF intelligence agency, a group of NLFT insurgents under the leadership of NLFT area commander Bungthang Debbarma had regrouped in the Bangladesh Rangamatia border area.
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