ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tripura : Routine Violence

Routine Violence It is a sign of the low profile afforded to the north-east that hardly any little fuss has been raised over the 28 traders kidnapped last month by a rebel faction of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), even while the negotiations over the abducted Indians have been widely covered. Six of these traders have since been killed. The kidnappings ended an almost two-month lull that began with the surrender of two NLFT factions last April. For long, kidnappings in Tripura have alternated with periodic massacres of innocent people. Polarisation of the state along tribal-non tribal lines is almost complete and the two main parties in the state, the Left Front and the Congress remain focused on consolidating their hold over the two vote banks. In 1988, soon after the Tripura National Volunteers signed an accord with the centre, disgruntled elements formed the NLFT. The other ethnic outfit is the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) claiming to speak up for indigenous tribals who are threatened by the rising population of non-tribals, chiefly Bengalis and more recently, Hindi-speaking small-time traders as well as the influx from Bangladesh.

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