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Army alerted in Tripura

Agartala, August 15
The Army has been alerted in Tripura even as the toll in the attacks by insurgents on Independence Day eve rose to 30 with two more succumbing to their injuries. Non-tribesmen in a retaliatory action attacked a tribal group today injuring five, four of them seriously.

The Army has been alerted and patrolling intensified by the Tripura police and Tripura State Rifles after last night’s attacks by All-Tripura Tiger Force militants left 28 persons killed and 20 injured, official sources said.

Enraged by the last night’s violence, non-tribesmen attacked a group of tribesmen at a brick field in Moharcherra of West Tripura district this morning, injuring five persons, four of them seriously.

Official sources said the Army would be deployed in vulnerable areas of the district and security measures had been tightened to avert any further incidents.

Meanwhile, the ruling Left Front and opposition Congress have called a dawn-to-dusk Tripura bandh tomorrow in protest against last night’s violence.

The 30 killed at Bengali-inhabited Totabari under Kalyanpur police station and Baralunga under Teliamura police station in West Tripura district included 12 women and nine children.

It is apprehended that the toll might go up with the condition of seven of the injured being serious, the police said. — PTI

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