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Tripura's Bru repatriation continues, MBDPF accuses Mizoram of fabricating figures
Tripura's Bru repatriation continues, MBDPF accuses Mizoram of fabricating figures

AGARTALA, June 19 (TIWN): Repatriation of Bru displacement victims living in relief camps of Kanchanpur sub-division in North Tripura district continued for the third day on Thursday.
While the sub-divisional administration informed that 47 families were repatriated today, leaders of the Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF), prime reorganization forum of the Bru displacement victims in Tripura, claimed figures of the repatriated displacement victims were fabricated by Mizoram government authorities.

Speaking to reporters at the civil secretariat here this evening, Secretary for Relief and Rehabilitation Swapan Saha said ninety eight families were repatriated in the first three days of repatriation. Firty seven families were repatriated from Kaskao and Hamsapara camps in Pasinagar sub-division; Naisinghpara and Ashapara camps in Kanchanpur sub-division.

MBDPF president Apeto Sawibunga came out in stark disagreement with the figures and said that none agreed to the repatriation proposal from Naisinghpara and Ashapara relief camps – the two major camps housing majority of the Reang displacement victims in Tripura. Four families agreed to repatriation and went back from Khedacherra camp under Panisgaar sub-division.

 “The Mizoram authorities are fabricating the figures of repatriated families. They are putting names of those families who were repatriated five or six years back into the list of families repatriated today”, MBDPF president Apeto Sawibunga said. He alleged that a section of former Bru leaders who are now living in Aizawl are involved in the design.

“The sub-divisional administration in Tripura doesn’t know a thing about it, more due to the fact that the few families who agreed to repatriation this time, didn’t board vehicles provided by the Tripura government for transportation. They all went on their own and so, there is no authentic data”, Sawibunga added.

The repatriated families would be relocated at a facilitation centre at Kanhmun and one at Zomunantlang following their identification and acceptance by the Mizoram authorities, a highly placed source in the Kanchanpur sub-divisional administration said.

The sixth phase of Bru repatriation started with a staggering twenty families on the first day and continued for the second day with barely fifteen families repatriated. According to the initial plan, 98 families were slated to return each day during the five day repatriation programme starting June 17.

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