13 ATTF militants from Bangladesh surrender in Tripura

     At least 13 hardcore tribal militants of the banned ATTF group laid down their arms on Friday afternoon before Assam Rifles in Tripura. The militants decamped from Satcheri in Bangladesh and surrendered with 15 arms and a big quantity of ammunitions and explosive. "They laid down their arms willingly and surrendered to Assam Rifles with the assistance of Border Security Force. The number of weapons they have surrendered with is fifteen; 11 AK 47 rifles, two SLRs, one INSAS Rifle and one 303 rifle. Along with that they have brought lot of ammunitions, 600 round plus, 30 magazines, 2 grenades and 23.5 kg explosives which is used for making IED," said the Commander of 21 sector Range of Assam Rifles Brig S T Upasani on this occasion. The militants surrendered under the leadership of self-styled captain Jagadish Debbarma alias Jester, wanted by police in many cases of killing and extortion. The militants had crossed over to Tripura through Dighalia, some 40 km north of capital Agartala from neighboring Satcheri in Bangladesh. Deputy General of Police (DGP) of Tripura police K Sailm Ali, who was also present during the militant's surrender, said, "This returning back of the ATTF cadres is a historical occasion not only for the Assam Rifles, but the Tripura police also. Not in many surrenders we have got so many weapons, we are very happy for that. The weapons indicate life. The way weapons have come back indicates normalcy is coming back in a very fast." Many other high official of police, Border Security Force (BSF) were also present on the occasion.

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