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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Nagaland: Baptist Militants Kill Local Political Leader

The Telegraph
Agartala, May 16 2005

A local tribal CPM leader was clubbed to death in Tripura’s Sadar (north) by militants belonging to the Biswamohan faction of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) yesterday.

Police said Kishore Debbarma, secretary of a CPM local committee had gone to attend a party programme at Shanitola yesterday.

After the meeting, Debbarma, accompanied by a few other tribal cadre of the CPM, was having tea at a stall in a market around 5 pm when he was dragged away at gunpoint by a group of NLFT militants. The party leaders and workers were unable to resist the rebels but immediately informed Sidhai police. Within a short while the police and TSR jawans reached Shanitala and launched combing operations.

Around 11pm, Debbarma’s body with multiple head injuries was found at a roadside ditch in the Katabon area. The police said he had been clubbed to death by the militants. Senior CPM leader and the party’s secretariat member, Gautam Das, condemned the killing and held the INPT-NLFT combine responsible for the incident. “The NLFT carried out the killing but it had acted at the behest of the INPT,” Das said.

He said in the election to the Autonomous District Council (ADC) held on March 5 this year, Debbarma had “played a key role in ensuring victories for CPM candidates in two seats of Sadar (north). He paid with his life for the victory of the party in the ADC election”.

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