24 rebels surrender in Tripura

January 11th, 2009 - 4:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Jan 11 (IANS) Twenty four tribal separatists have surrendered in Tripura after fleeing from their bases in adjoining Bangladesh, officials said here Sunday.The Bangladesh-trained militants led by their leaders Golsingh Reang and Rai Bahadur Reang surrendered before senior Assam Rifles and police officers late Saturday.

The militants, belonging to the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), also deposited a large cache of arms and ammunition.

Militants belonging to various rebel groups in the northeast have set up about 100 camps and hideouts in different parts of Bangladesh, specially Sylhet district and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

“We have managed to escape from our camps in Sylhet district after the Bangladeshi security personnel launched anti-insurgency operations in different parts of that country,” Golsingh Reang told reporters.

Last week, four ATTF leaders, carrying rewards of Rs.250,000 each and having Interpol arrest warrants, fled from their Bangladeshi camps and surrendered to the Tripura police.

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