The outgoing Tripura director general of police Pranay Sahay has confirmed that extremists from Tripura are still operating from Bangladesh though their strength considerably lessened. He said the extremists were not having a good time in the neighbouring country due to the positive approach of the present government there.
“They (extremists) are still in Bangladesh, but not enjoying hitherto support from the authorities”, Sahay told newsmen before hading over charge to new DGP K. Salim Ali. Pranay 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. This is sharp in contrast to the situation when insurgency in the state was in its peak”, Sahay stated.
Giving details of the extremists’ presence in Bangladesh He said 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.
Moreover the existing camps which were located 3 to 4 kilometers 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 Tripura police. 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 “we are 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 DG of the BSF understanding easterner frontier is little tougher than that of western frontier.
Pranay 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.