scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Sunday, May 29, 2022

We know how to do ‘surgical strikes’: Tripura CM Biplab warns ultras

Deb’s warning to the ultras followed the Tripura Police’s statement two days ago that coordinated operations are being conducted on both sides of the border to rescue the workers.

Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala |
Updated: December 12, 2020 9:09:58 pm
Biplab deb, biplane deb nepal remark, tRIPURA CM remark, protest against bipolar deb, indian expressAt an event on Sunday, Deb had said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah once joked during a meeting with the party leaders in Tripura about expanding the party in Nepal and Sri Lanka. (File Photo)

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Saturday warned the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-BM) insurgents to release the kidnapped construction workers immediately or else he could even resort to “surgical strikes”. Suspected insurgents are said to have kidnapped three men working on an unfenced patch along the India-Bangladesh border in Dhalai district, 90 km away from here, four days ago.

Speaking at an event marking the 24th year of the Kalyanpur massacre at Khowai district, Deb said: “The Tripura government is like that of PM Narendra Modi’s. Like the PM knows how to do surgical strikes in Pakistan, we also know how to do surgical strikes. I reiterate that those involved in this (insurgency) should leave this path right away, or else every single one will be arrested within a year.” The Kalyanpur massacre took place on December 12, 1996, in which members of All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), another outlawed insurgent outfit, had killed 24 people.

Deb’s warning to the ultras followed the Tripura Police’s statement two days ago that coordinated operations are being conducted on both sides of the border to rescue the workers and that the Indian police and intelligence agencies are in touch with Bangladesh authorities.

The CM also said that the state and central governments have details of those involved in the kidnapping and said no leniency would be shown to insurgents.

Best of Express Premium

Why I fell in love with Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio despite its sho...Premium
Penalties for delays, cuts in weekly pay: Life gets riskier for 10-minute...Premium
The Sunday Profile: Father, son and ‘holy suits’Premium
Tavleen Singh writes: India must choosePremium

“Extremism and gunbattles can’t go on in Tripura anymore; peoples’ mandate will get credence now,” the CM said, while adding dramatically: “Ek Ek Ko Chun Chun Ke Nikalunga (Will drive out each one of them).”

He also said a section of the insurgents are trying to revive terror through kidnappings but warned that the BJP-led state government would make no compromise with extremists. “Not an inch of land in the state would be allowed to be used by insurgents,” he said.

Deb said an extensive search operation is underway to rescue the kidnapped workers. “I have spoken with the Centre and Bangladesh authorities. I have received a positive response so far.”

For all the latest North East India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement