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All Tripura Tribal/Tiger Force

The All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) was founded on July 11, 1990, under the leadership of Ranjit Debbarma. It was initially called the All Tripura Tribal Force, a small group operating in pockets of North and South districts of Tripura. Its objective is to evict outsiders (Bengalis) and establish independent Tripura, and also to restore land to dispossessed tribals. The cadre strength is now approximately 600. By 1991, it had emerged as a formidable group, but in March 1994, more than 1,600 cadres surrendered under an amnesty scheme offered by the state government. It is a group of ATTF cadres who did not surrender who subsequently revived the organization.

The ATTF headquarters are believed to be located at Tarabon in Bangladesh. ATTF cadres are reported to have received training in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh and the outfit is said to have a number of bases there. In April 2004, ATTF's Ranjit Debbarma laid down three pre-conditions for peace talks with the GOI - migrants into Tripura after 1949 and whose names did not figure in the voters' list of 1952 should be declared foreigners; sovereignty should be a point of discussion in the peace talks; and a representative of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) should be present during the peace talks. These conditions were not accepted and no progress regarding a peace procedure has been made so far.

In recent years ATTF is believed to have worked in alliance with the ULFA. However, the outfit's violent activities have declined since 2004. The People's Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak, a leftist group headquartered in Manipur, and the All Tripura Tribal/Tiger Force in Triura were groups that reportedly profit from extortion and may facilitate cross-border drug trafficking.

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