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A significant improvement in Tripura insurgency
Published on 27 Dec. 2009 11:36 PM IST
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With the gradual improvement of insurgency situation, Tripura witnessed a significant development of bilateral trade with Bangladesh and Bhutan, besides other countries like Cuba, Germany and Vietnam during 2009. As many as 600 militants of various outfits of Northeast were forced to surrender along with sophisticated arms this year. More than three hundred activists including seven Manipur-based militants belonging to the Peoples United Liberation Front (Azad faction) were arrested over the year. The state has also lost about 17 people in four different incidents but there was no report of any abduction in the state this year, reported UNI. The government recorded a remarkable achievement in managing the two and half decade old militancy. With peace returning to militancy ravaged state, escort system for vehicles plying on National Highway-44 that connects the state with outer world through Assam was withdrawn on December 21 after 15 years. Tripura faced influx of people from neighbouring Mizoram following communal clashes in minority Bru dominated border villages. It led to flaring up of tension and widen the differences between Lalthanhawala-led Congress government in Mizoram and the Manik Sarkar-led Left Front. The CPI (M)-led Left Front captured power in the three-tire Panchayat polls winning about 80 per cent of seats. Tripura had set another record in the country by casting 84 per cent votes in the Lok Sabha election. The Congress retained the position in the byelection in the prestigious Bardowali (Agartala) that fell vacant following the death of former Chief Minister and Rajya Sabha member Sudhir Ranjan Majumder early this year. The tribal-based Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) severing their ties with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), apparently took the cue from Gorkha movement demanded a separate tribal state in the Tripura autonomous district council area with the slogan of self determination for socio-economic development of tribals. The operation against Northeastern militants in Bangladesh, after the Awami League assuming power in Dhaka with a thumping majority gained momentum. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) handed over ULFA Chairman Arvinda Rajkhowa along with two other ULFA leaders Shashadhar Chowdhury and Chitraban Hazarika at Tripura border.

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