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Police official claims extremists still in Bangladesh
Published on 17 Oct. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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The outgoing director general of police in India’s Tripura state has alleged that extremists from India are still operating from Bangladesh, pointing out that their strength considerably lessened, the Press Trust of India news agency reported on Friday.
Pranay Sahay said that the extremists were not having a good time in the neighbouring country due to the positive approach of the Awami League-led government there. “They (extremists) are still in Bangladesh, but not enjoying hitherto support from the authorities,” he told newsmen before hading over charge to new official K Salim Ali. Sahay would assume charge as special director general, eastern zone, of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Kolkata. “The mandatory Monday report sent to the DGP shows movement of mere six to seven extremists somewhere along the border on Bangladesh side,” the news agency quoted him as saying. “This is sharp in contrast to the situation when insurgency in the state was in its peak,” Sahay stated. In 2003, 45 camps of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) were counted in Bangladeshi soil. But now it has come down to only 18 - 13 of NLFT and the rest of ATTF, he said while giving details of the extremists in Bangladesh.
Moreover, the existing camps which were located 3 to 4 kilometres from the border have been shifted to some 12 kilometers from the border. Providing security for extension of railway track up to Agartala through hills and terrains braving insurgency was one of biggest achievements of the Tripura police, the PTI reported. Many security men, construction staffs and labourers laid down lives in attacks by the extremists for this precautious work ran for several years.
When asked if ATTF chief Ranjit Debbarma and NLFT president Biswamohan Debbarma are still present in Bangladesh, Pranay Sahay said they were very clear about this and Bangladesh government should hand them over to India.
The IPS officer who served in Tripura more than two decades said he would have a serious responsibility as special director general of the BSF understanding easterner frontier is little tougher than that of western frontier.
Sahay said extensive security measures including elaborate deployment of security men, watch towers, door frame metal detectors in selected pandals and makeshift police booths are in place for the ensuing Durga puja festival in Tripura, the news agency reported. agencies

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