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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Christian Militants Threaten Attacks During Prime Minister Visit

Agartala, Oct. 25 2005

Tripura police have sounded a red alert following information of a possible strike by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and All Tripura Tiger Force on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit.

Singh’s visit was initially scheduled for Friday but was changed to Saturday. He will be accompanied by human resource development minister Arjun Singh and petroleum minister Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Sources in the state police said that the special branch (intelligence wing) has received information about NLFT rebels’ plans to pull off attacks on civilians and security forces in the hilly areas of Dhalai district, while the Tiger Force is reportedly targeting the interiors of Sadar (north) and Khowai.

“We have put all the 52 police stations in the state on high alert and the BSF has been directed to intensify vigil along the border to stop infiltration attempts,” sources said.

They added that militancy in Tripura has lost momentum and both the groups are trying to draw the attention of the Prime Minister.

Apart from police and paramilitary forces, the state administration is also preparing for Singh’s visit. Singh will head for Palatan in Udaipur subdivision to inaugurate a 750-MW thermal power project. After flying back to the capital, he will inaugurate the new Agartala Medical College building before leaving for Imphal.

Official sources here said three helipads are being built in Palatan to provide landing facilities to the Prime Minister’s helicopter. Food minister Gopal Das said more than 300 officers and workers are working tirelessly to make foolproof arrangements for the Prime Minister’s visit.

“The Special Protection Group (SPG) team has already visited the state and will make a final inspection on Friday,” Das said.

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