One of the last remaining fugitive militant leaders of the northeast who had unleashed a reign of terror in Tripura, surrendered to police on Friday night.
The dreaded insurgent leader and supremo of a faction of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), Nayanbasi Jamatiya, surrendered without any arms, the police said today.
The “most wanted” insurgent leader who was carrying a cash award of Rs 1 lakh over his head surprised police by calmly walking into the office of sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) of Teliamura in Khowai district along with a few of his relatives at about 10 PM last night and surrendered before SDPO Chandan Saha. He is being interrogated by top police officials of the district.
Jamatiya had also surrendered earlier in 1993, but later fled to Bangladesh and formed a faction of NLFT by recruiting tribal youths from Tripura. However, he was arrested by Bangladesh police and put behind bar.
The police said from preliminary interrogation it was known that he entered into the India from Bangladesh through Malda border in West Bengal on Monday and reached Teliamura by train yesterday. He went to his house at Trishabari in the subdivision and later surrendered to the SDPO of Teliamura.
He was visibly sick and frustrated, the police said, adding it was unclear how he escaped from Bangladeshi jail and could enter India.