NSA against Tiger chief

Agartala, Feb. 8: The Tripura government has slapped the National Security Act (NSA) against All Tripura Tiger Force chief Ranjit Debbarma for seditious activities, conspiracy against the state, mass killing and for being a member of an anti-Indian outfit.

Debbarma, who has several aliases like Rafiqul Islam, Benoy Tripura and Sanjay Sangma, was arrested, based on a tip-off, by a joint team of police and Tripura State Rifles at Daigyabari on January 22 after he was pushed back across the border by the Border Guard Bangladesh. He was produced in the court of judicial magistrate Debaleena Kilikdar who remanded him in judicial custody.

Sources in the special branch (intelligence wing) of the state police said Debbarma's case had been referred to the NSA Board for detention under the act. "The NSA Board deliberated on the issue on the basis of Ranjit's case diary referred to it and gave the green signal," an official in the special branch said.

He said the Centre had banned the outfit on April 3, 1997. On March 19, 1998, East Agartala police registered a suo moto case (No-38/1998) against the Tiger Force and Ranjit Debbarma. Investigations followed and a chargesheet was filed against Debbarma on August 28, 2012.

"Because of the application of NSA, Ranjit can be put under detention without trial for a full year and this can be renewed with the approval of NSA Board," the official said. Debabrma is being interrogated by officers of special branch, he added.

Reacting to the application of NSA against Debabrma, PCC president Sudip Roy Barman said the militant leader had "possibly refused to work for the CPM like many other militants. This is a got-up case. If he agrees to join the CPM, he will be out but if he does not, he will rot in jail."

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