A Memorandum of Settlement was signed in New Delhi on August 10th, 2019 by the Government of India, Government of Tripura and National Liberation Front of Twipra led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma (NLFT-SD).
The Memorandum of Settlement was signed by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (North East) of Ministry of Home Affairs, Kumar Alok, Addl. Chief Secretary (Home) Tripura and Sabir and Kajal Debbarma of NLFT-SD.
The NLFT has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act since 1997 and has been involved in violence, operating from their camps across the international border. The NLFT has been responsible for violent activities including 317 insurgency incidents in which 28 security forces and 62 civilians lost their lives during the period 2005-2015.
It may be noted, peace talks with the NLFT were initiated in 2015 and there has been no violence by the NLFT since 2016.
The NLFT-SD has agreed to abjure the path of violence, join the mainstream and abide by the Constitution of India. It has agreed to the surrender of its 88 cadres with their weapons. The surrendered cadres will be given surrender benefits as per the Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme, 2018 of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 10, 2019