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Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, on Saturday, gave a stern warning to insurgents saying the government will deal with them with a firm hand.
Deb's warning to the insurgents came four days after three construction workers were kidnapped by suspected National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) ultras from Maldakumarpara, a remote tribal hamlet near the Indo-Bangla border in Dhalai district.
The chief minister said the extensive search operation was being carried out to find the kidnapped persons.
Addressing a gathering at Kalyanpur in Khowai district organised by BJP in memory of 24 people killed in a massacre conducted by the banned All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) in 1996, Deb said the government will not "spare any space for the ultras".
"I repeat that those involved in insurgency should leave this path forthwith, or else every single one of them will be arrested and put behind the bars," Deb said.
Tripura police in a statement on Thursday said that the coordinated operations are being conducted on both sides of the Indo-Bangla border to rescue the kidnapped persons and that Indian police intelligence agencies are in touch with Bangladesh authorities over the issue.
Deb said the Centre is well informed about the details of the people involved in the kidnapping and warned that there will be no compromise with the insurgents during his government's tenure.
Stating that a section of the insurgents is trying to revive insurgency through kidnappings and in other ways, he said not an inch of land in the state will be allowed to be used by them.
"I am against insurgent activities and I have spoken to the Centre and Bangladesh authorities. I have received a positive response so far," he said. (PTI)