18 years old extortion notices reaches Tripura-Mizoram border village

Situated at the top of Jampui Hills in North Tripura, across the state’s boundary with Mizoram, Vanghmun village, received two 18 years old extortion notices dated 2002 by a banned terrorist group.

The Vanghmun village council president Zosangliana received the extortion notices where a demanded Rs 200 from each household was sought. The letter signature of Md. D Bwskang, a self-styled deputy collector of the government of Twipra Kingdom, which was led by the banned terrorist group National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT).

Shyamal Murasingh , the officer-in-charge said, “We are trying to verify the genuineness of the two notices, however, we have started our investigation,”.

The outfit, formed on 12 March, 1989 was banned in 1997 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and later under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Their aim was to form a sovereign Tripura.

The group was held responsible for many acts between 2005 and 2015 which included 317 insurgency incidents leading to deaths of 62 civilians and 28 security forces. The group stopped their activities from 2016 after a peace talk with the government in 2015.

88 members laid down arms before the government but it is believed that a small faction is operating.