New Delhi, Aug 10: The Centre on Saturday signed a 'Memorandum of Settlement' with banned outfit 'National Liberation Front of Twipra' led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma (NLFT-SD) in Tripura . Under this, NLFT has agreed to abjure the path of violence, join the mainstream and abide by the Constitution of India. It has also agreed to surrender its 88 cadres with their weapons. "The surrendered cadres will be given surrender benefits as per the 'Surrender-cum-Rehabilitation Scheme' of the Ministry of Home Affairs," the Home Ministry officials said. Under this peace agreement signed by the Tripura government, surrendered NLFT cadres will be rehabilitated.
The state government will also help the surrendered cadres in their housing, recruitment and education where as the Centre will consider the proposals of the Tripura government regarding economic development of tribal areas of the state. NLFT which has been involved in violence since 1997 is banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and used to operate from camps across the international border.The insurgent group was involved in 317 incidents in which 28 security personnel and 62 civilians lost their lives during 2005-2015. Peace talks with NLFT were initiated in 2015 and there has been no violence by it since 2016.UNI