Four top insurgents of the proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT-BM) surrendered before the Tripura Police on Thursday.
Tripura Director General of Police (DGP) VS Yadav said the four senior NLFT (Biswa Mohan) commanders laid down their arms before the state police.
The DGP said that the outfit is grappling with depleting cadre strength and financial crisis.
The surrendered commanders are self-styled assistant foreign secretary Rathan Kalai alias Reuben, assistant organising secretary Joy Sadhan Jamatia alias Jara, assistant publicity and information secretary Madhu Ranjan Noatia alias Yafung and deputy chief of army staff Kukila Tripura alias Yarung.
Yadav claimed that the surrender of the four militants was a big setback for the insurgent group.
He said that frustrated by the outfit’s waning strength and influence and wary of Tripura Police, the NLFT rebels decided to return to mainstream society.
The surrendered rebels deposited two AK-56 rifles, one AK Bayonet, four AK magazines, 119 live rounds of AK ammunition, a wireless handset and 1.5 lakh Kyat (Myanmar currency).
DGP Yadav said that 17 NLFT rebels underwent special training at Manipur’s Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) militants camp at Tagga in Myanmar.