AGARTALA, June 29 – Biswamohan Debbarma, the self-styled supreme commander of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) is virtually on the run.
After arrest of Utpal Debbarma, self-styled Foreign Secretary of the outfit and surrender of two top-ranking rebel leaders – Tipu Debbarma alias Titus and Salgora Debbarma – Biswamohan, is really worried about his safety, according to confessional statements of his close associates.
In fact, the NLFT supremo went to Myanmar after arrest of Utpal to have dialogue with ULFA and NSCN (K) leaders for allowing him to establish a permanent base there. Interestingly, both ULFA and NSCN (K) leaders have reportedly agreed on providing space to the NLFT (BM) for setting up base in Myanmar but on conditions which include cadre strength, money, arms and ammunition.
With the NLFT struggling to survive, Biswamohan reportedly could not meet the conditions even eight month after the meeting with ULFA and NSCN (K). He, therefore, was not allowed to set up base in Myanmar.
The rebel leader along with his family later visited Khagracherri in Bangladesh and stayed there for about one and half months.
Though three arrested NLFT cadres – Dhanu, Bishu and Dolphin told the CID sleuths that Biswamohan had taken shelter in Myanmar, the rebel leader is understood to be living in Dhaka but keeps changing his ‘house’ frequently to elude security agencies.
According to intelligence reports, the cadre strength of the outfit has dwindled to an all-time low of 135. However, around 70 over-ground collaborators have become ‘very active’, reports suggest.
The NLFT has eight to nine permanent camps and eleven transit hideouts in Bangladesh despite repeated denials by Dhaka. The permanent camps are situated at Khagracherri, Segunbagan Hangkong, Sajak, Bolcherri and Maithang, according to latest intelligence reports.
The threat to NLFT supremo is not only from law enforcement agencies but also Sachin Debbarma, once trusted comrade of Biswamohan. Security analysts say, Sachin may take absolute control of the NLFT in the days to come.