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Tight security in Tripura for puja
Published on 15 Oct. 2010 12:57 AM IST
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Security has been stepped up in Tripura on account of Durga Puja.
Over 12,000 security personnel and quick reaction teams (QRTs) besides bomb and dog squads have been deployed for the five-day festival that began Wednesday, Inspector General of Police K. Nagraj told reporters.
The Border Security Force has been asked to be extra vigilant on the India-Bangladesh border, he said here. Counter-insurgency operations against militants will be intensified by Assam Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Tripura State Rifles (TSR), Nagraj said.
At least 2,000 community Durga Pujas have been organised in the state. In the past, rebels targeted Hindus for celebrating religious festivals. Now pujas are being organised in about 300 tribal and extremist-prone areas, according to a police official.
NLFT insurgents surrender
Six insurgents of banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have surrendered to the Assam Rifles in West Tripura district, police said today. Three NLFT ultras surrendered before 34 Battalion of Assam Rifles on Tuesday at Raimapara, while three others laid down arms to the 38 Battalion at Teliamura on the day.

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