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30 families of Reang refugees 'go back' Mizoram
TIWN Sep 19, 2018
30 families of Reang refugees 'go back' Mizoram
PHOTO : 30 families of Reang rufugees going back Mizoram. TIWN Pic Sep 19

IAGARTALA, Sep 19 (TIWN): 30 families out of 5,407 families of Reang refugees went back Mizoram today as Centre has announced to stop their ration from next month.

The refugees are going back after 20 years of them came as refugees in Tripura. 

Recently, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has talked straight and tough as the Brus  Reang refugees known as Brus had upset Mizoram Govt officials on Saturday by not going with them.

"Tripura's citizenship is not possible for them. As a result their children's futures are getting spoiled. At Mizoram they have been given proper shelter and all facilities and Central Govt is fully monitor the matters. So I hope, they understand the issue and will not allow their children's futures to be spoiled", CM told media. 

The 32,876 Reang tribals, locally known as "Bru", have been living in six makeshift camps in north Tripura's Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions, adjoining Mizoram, for the past 21 years. They had fled their homes in western Mizoram following ethnic strife. The trouble in the state started after a Mizoforest official was killed.

After a series of meetings, the representatives of the Tripura, Mizoram governments, Union Home Ministry officials and the MBDPF signed an agreement on July 3 in New Delhi. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his Mizoram counterpart Lal Thanhawlawere also present in the meeting.

As per the agreement, the refugees, comprising 5,407 families, would start returning to their homes from August 16. The multi-phase repatriation would be completed by September 30.

After their return, the Reang tribals would be settled in three districts -- Kolasib, Lunglei and Mamit -- in western Mizoram where they lived.

The agreement has finalised a six-point benefit package for each refugee family. It includes financial aid of Rs 4 lakh; a monthly allowance of Rs 5,000; Rs 1.5 lakh for building a house and free rations for two years.

But crossing the deadline, maximum Reangs have denied to 'go back'.

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