Three militants killed, arms recovered in Tripura

August 20th, 2008 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Aug 20 (IANS) Three tribal separatist guerrillas were killed in separate shootouts with security forces in Tripura, police officials said here Wednesday.A police spokesman said security forces came under fire late Tuesday from a group of banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants at north Tripura’s Kanchanpur, 165 km east of capital Agartala.

“Two extremists - self-styled NLFT corporal Bikash Debbarma and self-styled lance corporal Musroka Aslong (Tripura) - were killed and another was apprehended while others managed to escape,” police spokesman Mayajoy Rupini said.

The official said that in another shootout with the Tripura State Rifles, a top All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militant, Nakbar Jamatia, 40, was killed at Sidhai in west Tripura.

A cache of arms and ammunition, including two AK 66 rifle, a US-made pistol and Chinese grenades, have been recovered from the slain rebels.

Meanwhile, the security forces have arrested a Bangladeshi national with an identity card of Harkat-ul-Jihad-Islami (HuJI) from Mullapara here late Tuesday night.

Police officials said fake Indian currency of Rs.1,500 and a telephone index containing numbers of some Pakistani and Bangladeshi people were also seized from the man, identified as Rakiv Mian, 22.

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