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NLFT, ATTF Are Engage in Unlawful Activities in Tripura, Northeast: UAPA Tribunal

Tribunal under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Confirmed the ban on two terrorist groups of Tripura.

The central government already extended the ban on two terrorist organizations active in Tripura and all their factions under UAPA for 5 years in October 2023. 

These include the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF). 

Both were banned for the first time in 1997, it was extended for 5 years in May 2019. In the latest action, the ban has been extended again for 5 years.

According to the Home Ministry they amid the violence in Tripura, these organizations claimed its objective to be the separation of Tripura from India. 

They wanted to form groups with other separatist organizations of Tripura and incite armed struggle and incite the local people of Tripura.

It said these groups have been carrying out activities from Bangladesh and have properties there.

"Both NLFT and ATTF are trying to consolidate their strength with new recruitments. They are trying to increase their sympathizer base for their secessionist agenda. They have significant weapons also" the tribunal said.

It also said that “In the absence of any materials against the declaration, the tribunal on an objective assessment of the materials placed before the tribunal on behalf of the Central government and the government of Tripura in support of the declaration, has reached a conclusion that the two associations [NLFT and ATTF] during the period under consideration, have been engaging themselves in activities which are unlawful activities, which have the tendency to undermine the authority of the democratically elected governments at the Centre and in the state".

NLFT is workingwith other north-east insurgent organisations like Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), Kanglei Yaol Kanba Lup (KYKL), Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), and Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). All of their base are is in the forest area of Bangladesh.

" ATTF is maintaining its weapons in Bangladesh as well as its network with other Indian insurgent outfits and anti-Indian forces in Bangladesh" said the tribunal.

According to Tripura police, NLFT, formed in 1989, has murdered 600 civilians, kidnapped 700 people and looted weapons. 1633 terrorists of ATTF, formed in 1990, surrendered in 1993, but the rest continued terrorist activities. They have committed 300 murders and 200 kidnappings.