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Book on Tripura insurgeny reveals close links between Christian church and terrorist organizations
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Tue Jun 4 20:53:47 IST 2002

Book on Tripura insurgency set to storm markets
By S Datta

Srinibas Das (34), a professional jeep driver, still
shudders to visualise the daylight and summary murder
he had been witness to: cold blooded killing of a
young tribal militant by his commander in front of the
hide-out in remote Shermoon area on the Jampui hills
of North Tripura. A resident of Ambassa colony in
Dhalai district, Srinibas Das had been abducted at
gun-point by NLFT from Shikaribari area of the disrict
in September 1999 and taken blindfolded across hilly
terrain to what he still believes to be Shermoon area

Guarded all along by twenty armed ‘sepoys’ Srinibas
Das one day woke up from his fatigue-induced midday
nap to sound of gunfire . What he saw in half stupor
petrified him to his appointed place within the NLFT’s
hide-out : a young militant lying dead in a pool of
blood and two tribal elders in tears sitting close by.
The elders had complained to the militant commander
that the slain militant had raped a girl in their
household previous night to which summary killing was
the sequel . Soon afterwards others in the group
shifted Srinibas to another hide-out from which he was
set free after his relatives had made a payment of Rs
20 thousand as ransom. ‘Before that I had never seen a
sight like this and I still have nightmares’ said

While the anecdote bears ample testimoy to how the
demented tribal youths stalk Tripura’s benign hills,
other details in “Santras Klanto
Tripura”(Terror-stricken Tripura), first detailed and
authoritative book , authored through painstaking
research by leading journalist Jayanta Debnath, on
state’s two decade long insurgency, clearly focusses
on the so-called militancy propelled by diverse
factors. The book which is set to hit book stands in
upcoming Kolkata book fair slated to commence later
this months provides authentic details for the first
time on the connection between church and the
militants as well as the nexus between security forces
in Bangladesh and the banned militant outfits of

NLFT’s Bangladesh connection is borne out from a
letter addressed by the group’s commander Sajek
Tripura to the local Bangladesh Rifles (BDR)
commandant in Khagaracherri district in Chittagong
hill-tracts on the problems faced by them. In the copy
of the letter, presumably seized from a surrendered
NLFT rebel and printed in the book ‘Terror-stricken
Tripura’ the NLFT commander explains their temporary
abandonment of a hide-out for fear of Indian security
forces . ‘It has come to our sharp notice and
confirmation that the anti-NLFT squad led by expelled
Sanjit Reang and sponsored by Indian Intelligence
Agency , RAW is to concentrate near the
Indo-Bangladesh border’, the letter says as the reason
for temporarily withdrawing from a hide-out close to
the border with Tripura.

Apart from this, author and journalist Jayanta Debnath
has made a virtual revelation abut the close
connection between NLFT , sections of ATTF and
christian church.The copy of a top secret state
government’s report to union home ministry, printed in
the book, proves how the missionaries enjoy a free run
in their proselytizing activities in the name of
spreading education and providing service to the
people. The increasing funds received by the various
denominations of the church is proved in cold figures
from the officialy reported and published in the book.
It shows that remittances from the church in the year
1994-95 was Rs 16 lakh 8 thousand while it rose to Rs
68 lakh 73 thousand in 1997-98. ‘Information indicates
that some members of extremist outfits frequent some
churches and attend prayer in civics’ the report
poignantly notes.

Rich in documentation , Jayanta Debnath’s ‘Santras
Klanto Tripura’ ( Terror-stricken Tripura) gives a
proper perspective of Tripura’s chronic insurgency
problem with its’s roots in the post-partition history
of the state and the daunting socio-economic issues.
While authentic statistics and reproduction of vital
documents add immensely to the book’s value , even a
cursory reading of the interrogation reports of
militants printed in the book leave one with the
inescapable condition that the movement ,propelled by
ethnic hatred as the dominant ideology , aims only at
mindless violence. Thus NLFT militant Shikinya Koloi
candidly discloses to police interrogators how he had
been driven to join the outfit for fear of ATTF who
had charged the the tribal headmaster of his school in
South Tripura’s Taidu with a ‘tax’ notice of eighty
thousand in 1994. Plucked thrice in Madhyamik
examination Shikinya had failed to collect anything
beyond Rs 800 at the request of his headmaster and
gave the amount to the ATTF commander Kuchiya
Debbarma. But the ATTF strongman did not relent and
threatened that unless he managed to hand over the
entire amount soon Shikinya would be liquidated.
Simply to save his life hounded Shikinya joined rival
NLFT and went on a killing and abducting spree before
being arrested in 1999.


The face of Christian Terrorism in Tripura: The National Liberation Front of Tripura

Christian Terrorism and Tripura
From: tripurantaka@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 14:47:22 -0800 (PST)
National Liberation Front of Tripura

The National Liberation Front of Tripura is a Fundamentalist Christian
militant group in India, demanding a separate Christian state.
Allegedly funded by the Baptist Church of Tripura, it is accused of
ethnic cleansing[37] and bombings that have killed hundreds, as well
as forcing gunpoint conversions. They were declared a terrorist
organization under the Indian Prevention of Terrorism Act in 2002. And
their stated goals include the overthrow imperialism, capitalism and
neo-colonialism by way of armed struggle so they can form a distinct
and independent Borok civilization in Twipra.[38] They state that they
have been completely marginalized by the immigration of nonnative
peoples, been oppressed socio-politically, and economically exploited.
They believe they are facing an identity crisis due to chauvinism and
imperialism from what they call the so-called Aryan descendants of

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Christian Terrorism by Baptist church in Tripura
Tuesday, 18 April, 2000, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
‘Church backing Tripura rebels’

By Subir Bhaumik in Calcutta
The government in India’s north-eastern state of Tripura says it has evidence that the state’s Baptist Church is involved in backing separatist rebels.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said state police had uncovered details of the alleged link after questioning a church leader.

Nagmanlal Halam, secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura, was arrested late on Monday with a large quantity of explosives.

Mr Sarkar said that allegations about the close links between the state’s Baptist Church and the rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have long been made by political parties and police.

Now for the first time, he said, hard evidence supporting the allegations had been found.

Mr Sarkar told the BBC that Mr Halam was found in possession of more than 50 gelatine sticks, 5kg of potassium and 2kg of sulphur and other ingredients for making explosives.

Chief Minister Sarkar says he has proof

He said that two other junior members of the same church, arrested last week, had tipped the police off about the explosives which were meant for the NLFT rebels.

The chief minister said that Mr Halam confessed to buying and supplying explosives to the NLFT for the past two years.

Another church official, Jatna Koloi, was arrested in south Tripura last week.

Police say Mr Koloi had received training in guerrilla warfare at an NLFT base last year.

Guards have been placed outside the headquarters of the Baptist Church in Tripura’s capital, Agartala, to prevent possible attacks on it once the news of Mr Halam’s arrest spread.

The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura’s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control.

Last year, they issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.

The NLFT manifesto says that they want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura.

The Baptist Church in Tripura was set up by missionaries from New Zealand 60 years ago.

It won only a few thousand converts until 1980 when in the aftermath, of the state’s worst ethnic riot, the number of conversions grew.