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The second phase of identification which began on July 3 will be concluded by July 20 this year 
The second phase of identification which began on July 3 will be concluded by July 20 this year |File image
MIZORAM

Repatriation: 325 Bru families of Tripura identified in 2nd phase

242 families belong to Mizoram’s Mamit district, 53 to Kolasib, 30 to Lunglei. The ongoing process, which began on July 3, is scheduled to be completed by July 20

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Ezrela Dalidia Fanai

Aizawl: In the second and final phase of identification, a total of 325 Bru families -- lodged at six relief camps in neighbouring Tripura -- have been identified for the final repatriation to Mizoram.

Sources from Mamit deputy commissioner’s office (Bru cell) said that a total of 1,675 members from 325 families, including 45 new families (not included in 2016 identification), were identified on Monday. The office (Bru cell) has also confirmed that out of 325 families, 242 belonged to Mamit district, 53 families to Kolasib and 30 to Lunglei.

The second phase of identification, which began on July 3, is scheduled to conclude on July 20.

With the agreement made between the state government and various civil societies to repatriate the Bru families living in Tripura relief camps, the state government has proposed a fund of Rs 620 crore for the process and the final phase of Bru repatriation will be completed this year.

Thousands of Bru families fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura following ethnic tension in 1997. Several attempts by the Centre, Mizoram and Tripura governments, to repatriate them since 2009 went futile as the refugees did not accept the repatriation packages.

The meeting of Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) on Bru Repatriation held in New Delhi on June 30 had decided to conduct final phase of Bru repatriation starting from September.

The proposed repatriation is scheduled to be completed by October after which the Centre will close down all the six relief camps and stop dolling out rations to the refugees, official sources said.

Before the Lok Sabha polls in April, the state government and major civil society organisations had reached an agreement to conduct final phase of Bru repatriation within this year.