Agartala: The Indigenous Nationalist
Party of Tripura (INPT), a tribal party, on Tuesday claimed that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured them that the
controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 would be
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma told
reporters that the assurance was given when they met the Prime
Minister and Union Home Minister in Delhi last month.
Pointing out that the act provided unlimited powers to
the paramilitary forces, he alleged that about 1,500 tribal
youths have been arrested by paramilitary forces over the
years on "false charges".
The act is in force in 40 police station areas since
Debbarma also claimed that the Tripura Tribal Areas
Autonomous District Council formed in 1985 to safeguard
tribals culturally and economically had failed to accomplish
it`s mission due to non-availability of funds and adequate
"We have demanded more autonomy on the lines of the
Bodo Territorial Council so that funds are directly received
by the tribal council.
More legislative power should be given to safeguard
the interests of tribal, who constitute one-third of the
population in the state," Debbarma said.
The INPT leader said that the Centre had assured it
would send a team to review functioning of the Council.