People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 05, 2003
September 23 morning, in the first ever incident of a colossal crime in a
patriotic security force in Tripura, a camp incharge in the Tripura State Rifles
(TSR) decamped with arms, ammunition and apparatus after killing three jawans
and grievously injuring three others. The crime took place in the Shermoon Tilla
TSR camp under Kanchanpur subdivision, North Tripura.
incident provides a glimpse of the clandestine conspiracy continuously being
carried out by internal and international vested interests, even as the security
forces in the state have been achieving a series of spectacular successes in
hunting down hardcore extremists in counter-insurgency operations. The series of
surrender of the misguided militants to return to the mainstream of democracy
and development, set in motion by the Left Front government, is another
indication of demoralisation among the extremists.
by a havildar, two naiks, two wireless operators, ten riflemen and a cook, the
TSR camp at Shermoon Tilla is responsible for guarding a key repeater station in
the BSNL microwave communication system. On September 21, the camp incharge
havildar Rahit Mia illegally sheltered inside the camp five unidentified tribal
youth as his guests, allegedly overriding the objection of his subordinates in
the camp. Strangely enough, no superintending officer of the TSR battalion
concerned went to inspect the camp since the arrival of the five unidentified
associates. Two days later, havildar Rahit Mia sent out 11 jawans of the camp to
collect fuel wood from jungle, without arms, rudely overriding their
disinclination to part with their arms while going out into the extremist
infested jungle terrain. Later, the havildar and the five outsiders picked up
all the arms and ammunition, shot to death the wireless operator and the only
rifleman on security duty, and also picked up the wireless machines. The
treacherous havildar fired upon and injured the campís cook also. However, the
cook made good his escape into the jungle.
afterward, when the 10 disarmed jawans rushed back to the camp on hearing
gunshots, the havildar and his accomplices opened fire on them also, killing one
and injuring two others before fleeing south-east. The top police officers of
the district reached the spot immediately after receiving information and
arranged for hospitalisation of the injured and cremation of the deceased jawans.
A massive manhunt by the police and the TSR is in progress, while the CRPF and
BSF have been put on alert.
minister Manik Sarkar has instructed the police to go all out to track down the
absconding treacherous and anti-national havildar and his associates. In
separate statements, the chief minister and CPI(M) state secretariat have
expressed deep sympathy with the kith and kin of the jawans killed. Vehemently
condemning the carnage and the arms loot, the CPI(M) also demanded an inquiry
into the logistics of the TSR battalion concerned, in whose security camp five
outsiders could stay for two days with impunity.
the meantime, according to a statement issued by the Assam Rifles on September
22, a encounter with the Assam Rifles in Malai Kutuk village of Khowai
subdivision. He was the kingpin of two carnages of innocent people in Khowai
subdivision, West Tripura, this year. Over the preceding 18 days, jawans of this
paramilitary force have killed seven hardcore extremists in six separate
encounters in the state, the statement said.
the other hand, in the state assembly session that concluded on September 23,
Rajeswar Debbarma, a legislator of the INPT, waxed eloquent on the absurd
allegation that extremists eager to surrender are being killed in cold blood by
security forces. Incidentally, INPT is the overground wing of the outlawed
extremist organisation NLFT and the Congress partyís ally. As for Rajeswar
Debbarma, he is the legislator from the extremist stronghold Takarjala under
Bishalgarh subdivision in West Tripura, where the Congress-INPT combine was
successful in hijacking the assembly election in February. That was when the
combine took the help of extremists in order to prevent the massive mandate in
favour of the Left Front. That their bid was in vain, is another point.
the same day, however, in the ongoing process of misguided militants laying down
their arms, eschewing violence and returning to the mainstream, 17 NLFT
extremist associates surrendered to the subdivisional magistrate of Sadar in
West Tripura. They handed over 5 country-made guns, a pistol and three hand
grenades along with the subscription receipt books of the NLFT. (INN)