Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday appealed to the people to remain alert against those who raised slogans for dividing the state.
The demand for a separate state cannot be separated from the demand of free Tripura raised by some insurgent outfits earlier, Sarkar said at a function here.
Recently, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a small tribal-based party, had raised the slogan.
Peace has been restored in the state, but a small remnant of insurgents still existed by using the soil of Bangladesh and Myanmar and were in league with other insurgent outfits of the North East region, Sarkar said.
Stressing that the tribal compact areas had received the fruits of development, the Chief Minister said, "If there were good roads and other development works undertaken in the plains, similar works were equally implemented in the hills and tribal compact areas with utmost importance."
Prominent tribal leader Dashrath Deb played an important role in bringing back disgruntled elements who had joined insurgency movement to normal life and that Deb had also become the Chief Minister of state, Sarkar added.