NLFT, Centre agree on truce; peace talks soon
In a major development that may usher in peace the Northeast, the Centre and the tribal militant outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) on Thursday decided on a ceasefire with immediate effect for a period of six months and to hold peace parleys in the coming days.
The decision came after two factions of the Tripura-based outfit called on Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani separately and promised to abjure violence and initiate peace talks.
While one faction was led by Nayanbasi Jamatia, the other was led by Montu Koloi, the third NLFT faction led by Bishwamohan is yet to respond to the Centre's peace overtures.
Highly-placed Home Ministry sources said that after the meeting with Advani, the two groups held discussions with top ministry officials. The Left-ruled Tripura government was represented by its Commissioner for Tribal Welfare.
At the meeting, an agreement was signed between the Centre, the state government and the NLFT factions to "observe mutual suspension of operations with immediate effect for a period of six months," they said.
The three sides also agreed that "peace talks between all concerned parties will follow the suspension of operations". However, no date has yet been fixed for the parleys to begin.