|Headlines Vol. 1 Issue No. 4||Jan.7 - Feb.6, 2002|
Major strike by NLFT cadres leaves 16 dead in Tripura
relative calm for the last couple of months, the militants belonging to
National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) struck in a big way in Tripura.
Opening indiscriminate firing on innocent people at a crowded market in
Khowai sub-division, the ultras dressed in Army uniform, killed at least
16 people on the spot and injured many more. The victims include a
seven-year-old girl and two women.
ruling CPI(M) condemned the incident and observed a dawn to dusk Statewide
bandh to protest against the massacre. In a statement, the CPI(M) said
that the strike was a desperate attempt to create panic as the militants
were cornered and isolated due to the resistance by the people and
effective combat by the security forces in the insurgency affected areas.
the incident, the State Government launched a massive manhunt to nab the
assailants. Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has urged the Centre to send
additional para-military forces to the State to intensify
the international border is just five km away from the spot, many believe
that after committing the crime, the ultras had crossed over to
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