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Mizoram, Tripura, Central Govt facing tough times in ‘Bru Repartition’, Brus demand separate ADC for Brus at Mizoram along with more demands
TIWN Oct 9, 2019
Mizoram, Tripura, Central Govt facing tough times in ‘Bru Repartition’, Brus demand separate ADC for Brus at Mizoram along with more demands
PHOTO : Police officials talking to Bru leaders. TIWN Pic Oct 7, 2019

AGARTALA, Oct 9 (TIWN): After Bru community’s people on October 7 launched a massive protest at their Kanchanpur shelter voicing against repartition of Bru community’s people without fulfilling their demands, the repartition is once again stopped. The Reang community, who call themselves as Bru said that they are not against of going to Mizoram back but the Govt has to first fulfil their demands first. Brus demanded an ADC for the Brus at the Mizoram, which is yet a pending demand. This incident has once again halted the Bru repartition from the Bru camp in Kanchanpur if Tripura to the Mizoram. Also the agitators who were wearing black dresses, carrying black flags said the lands are being given to them are insufficient. Govt must increase the area of the given lands. As one after one families started to leave the Kanchanpur Bru camp, today the vehicles came to take off the interested Bru families were stopped by Bru protesters.

The agitators also raised a recently held issue, where a Bru woman was burnt at Mizoram, alleging women are not yet safe of Bru.

“They must not take us like animals in the vehicles without fulfilling demands”, said an agitator to media.

The protest however stopped the repartition for the day. Heavy security was deployed to avoid any kind of law and order problem.

On Oct 3, 233 people returned to western Mizoram through Damchara (border town) in several vehicles, arranged by the Mizoram government. The North Tripura District administration provided food and security to them.North Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Raval H. Kumar and senior officials of Mamit District in western Mizoram were present during the repatriations.

A Mizoram Home Department official in Aizawl said the Union Home Ministry recently approved Rs 350 crore for rehabilitation, after the completion of the ninth phase of repatriation from seven relief camps in northern Tripura.

The approval came during a joint monitoring group meeting, chaired by Union Home Ministry''s Special Secretary (internal security) A.P. Maheswari, in Delhi earlier this month.

Over 35,000 Reang Brus were living in the relief camps in northern Tripura for 22 years after fleeing their villages due to communal tension.

The refugee leaders of the Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum (MBDPF) in a letter to the Mizoram Home Minister on Monday said they would not return to their homes until demands for safety and security were met. The letter to Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana was sent through the North Tripura District Magistrate. The provisions of the four-partite agreement, signed in Delhi on July 3, 2018, had been violated, they alleged.

Meanwhile, the signing of the July 3 agreement, grain and other relief supplies to the Reang refugees were to be stopped to compel them to return to Mizoram. But it was extended twice till March 31, 2019 and then again till September 30.

"A Home Ministry letter to the Chief Secretaries of Tripura and Mizoram had said the refugees have to be repatriated by September 30," a Tripura Revenue and Relief department official told media. 

They are residents of nine of the state''s 40 Assembly constituencies in the three Mizoram districts of Mamit, Lunglei and Kolasib. The July 3, 2018 agreement had also finalised a six-point benefit package for each refugee family.

It included Rs 4 lakh financial aid, monthly allowance of Rs 5,000, Rs 1.5 lakh for building a house for each family and free ration for two years. But the refugees later refused the package demanding security by central paramilitary forces and allotment of five hectares of land to each refugee family, besides formation of an Area Development Council for the Reang Brus, a primitive tribe among the Brus. 

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