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18-year-old Extortion Notices By NLFT Appeared At Tripura Village

Two 18-year-old extortion notices by banned terrorist outfit NLFT, recently appeared at Vanghmun village, situated atop the Jampui Hills in North Tripura, across the state’s boundary with Mizoram. These extortion notices, dated 2002, were received by Vanghmun village council president Zosangliana and they demanded Rs 200 from each household. The letters were signed by Md. D Bwskang, a self-styled deputy collector of the government of Twipra Kingdom, that was led by banned terrorist group National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT). “We are trying to verify the genuineness of the two notices, however, we have started our investigation,” officer-in-charge of Vanghmun police station Shyamal Murasingh was quoted as saying. Formed on 12 March 1989, the NLFT aimed to form a sovereign Tripura. In 1997, the outfit was banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and later under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Last year, 88 members had laid down arms before the government but a small faction is still believed to be active.

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