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AGARTALA, INDIA, April 01, 2001: The Methodist Church-backed NLFT militants have continued interfering in the religious rites of the people, banning the use of traditional musical instruments for performing kirtans (devotional songs) by Hindu tribals. This has triggered panic among the Hindu tribals living in the interior areas of Northeast India such as Borakha, Patni, Barkathal and Sonai in the Sadar subdivision. Sources in the Sanatan Dharma Parishad said there are seven Hindu tribal groups which perform kirtans with musical instruments. Over the past five years, the NLFT has been consistently attacking and killing Hindu tribals. Many have been forced to convert to Christianity at gunpoint. Many Hindu ashrams and religious centers run by the tribals have been destroyed by the militants.