Ban on two rebel outfits in Tripura

Chennai: In a notification, the Home Ministry said the Central Government is of the opinion that the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), have been engaging in subversive and violent activities, undermining the authority of the government and spreading terror and violence among people for achieving their objectives, according to a PTI report.

“In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government hereby declares that the NLFT along with all its factions, wings and front organisations and the ATTF along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as unlawful associations,” the notification said.

The NLFT and ATTF were first banned in 1997 following large-scale ethnic riots involving tribals and non-tribals in Khowai subdivision in Tripura, in which both outfits intervened on behalf of the tribals.

Tripura shares an 856 km boundary with Bangladesh.