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Nagendra Jamatia, the veteran tribal leader who brokered peace with insurgent outfit Tripura National Volunteers (TNV) in 1988 passed away before dawn on Monday.

He breathed his last at his residence here at the age of 71. His family said Mr. Jamatia was suffering from health complications for past few years.

Mr. Jamatia, who was admired for his writing skill and social engagements, was a minister in the Congress-led coalition government for five years from 1988.

The leader of Tripura Upajati Juba Samity (TUJS), which is now known as Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (INPT), is best known for his success in bringing TNV supremo Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl to bargain peace with the Centre. His efforts in participation of security agencies culminated peace accord signed in New Delhi in the presence of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Mr. Jamatia later admitted that the entire exercise of dialogue with TNV had to be kept a top secret under instruction from New Delhi and became public only after signing of the accord. Besides him, the then Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder was the only other person in the loop.

Interestingly, Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl is now president of the INPT in which Mr. Jamatia was in top in its all shape. Mr. Hrangkhawl and his entire team of office bearers rushed to residence of the deceased to offer condolences.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, his cabinet colleagues and prominent personalities expressed grief at demise of Mr. Jamatia.

Mr. Jamatia is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

Source: The Hindu