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Tripura police team reaches Aizawl to bring NLFT (PD) chief

Parimal Debbarma was arrested yesterday from a house in the city by Mizoram police based on intelligence input by its Tripura counterpart

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Agartala: A three-member team of Tripura police has reached Aizawl last night to bring back the banned outfit NLFT (PD faction) chief Parimal Debbarma who was arrested yesterday from a house in the city by Mizoram police based on intelligence input by its Tripura counterpart.

According to report, IGP (Law and Order) Arindam Nath has been tracking the movement of Parimal and his cadres for the last few days who were allegedly influencing the voters for a particular party in ensuing elections to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) to be held on April 6 next.

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Tripura police have intercepted the telecommunication of Parimal Debbarma with his team about their plan of action ahead of the ADC elections. The Director-General of Police (Tripura) V S Yadav shared the location details and other inputs to his Mizoram counterparts on March 12 based on which he was picked up.

“Initial input established the link of Parimal to some political leaders and Tripura but it needs detailed investigation, which will be done only after his interrogation in our custody. After getting transit remand he will be brought to the custody of Tripura police for further investigation,” said DGP Yadav.

Yadav however, underlined that there have been some clues of clandestine relations of NLFT with a political party in Tripura who attempted to use the outfit to influence ADC elections. Parimal was heading a splintered faction of less than a hundred cadres in NLFT and they were involved in several crimes including a recent extortion drive in North Tripura, he pointed out.

The DGP said, Parimal Debbarma went to Aizawl on March 11 last and this information was leaked by one of the Special Branch’s sources active in the outfit. Accordingly, Mizoram police were informed and after a collaborative effort he was arrested.

For the last three-four months, Tripura police were getting information about their movements who had finally set up hideouts in Mizoram-Assam borders and Bangladesh and kept moving from one part to another to evade pressure from the state police as well as border forces of the state countries, he stated.

Two days ago, a member of the NLFT (PD) faction had been arrested from Khedacherra while persuading a contractor for ransom. Most of the trusted lieutenants are no more interested in militancy and this is why the police’s role becomes easy. The Parimal Debbarma group of NLFT parted away from NLFT Biswa Mohan group in the year 2014 and surrendered.

Barely after two years, they remained in the mainstream but in 2017 the group once again slept back in the hands of insurgent activities followed by a murder. As of now, there were altogether eight cases against Parimal that include murder and extortion charges. He was also involved in recent spurts of kidnappings and murder in bordering villages of Tripura and Mizoram, Yadav added.

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