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Lunglei district deputy commissioner K Lalrinzuali
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MIZORAM

Mizoram: Bru bodies welcome repatriation of 4,000 families

Organisations express gratitude to Centre for sympathetically looking after the displaced families in six relief camps of North Tripura for more than 22 years

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Two Bru organisations and a group of rejected displaced Bru people on Friday welcomed the Centre's move to repatriate over 4,000 families to Mizoram from Tripura.

In its joint statement, Mizoram Bru Displaced People Coordination Committee, (MBDPCC) and Bru Displaced Welfare Organisation (BDWO) representing the unaccepted Bru families while endorsing the Centre's move for repatriation said there will be no objection from their side.

"We affirm our support to the ninth phase of repatriation process which will begin from October 1 to resolve the Bru crisis," the statement said.

The organisations expressed gratitude to the Centre for sympathetically looking after the displaced Bru families in six relief camps in North Tripura district for more than 22 years.

They also extended thanks to the Tripura government for dealing with relief works without any disruption so that the Bru people could mange to eke out a living since 1997.

Leaders of MBDPCC and BDWO held a meeting with officials of Mizoram state home department in Aizawl on the long standing Bru issue.

In the meeting held on August 20, Mizoram home secretary Lalbiakzama told the Bru leaders that those Bru families who migrated to Tripura after communal flare-up in 2009 are not eligible to be repatriated to Mizoram, the joint statement said.

It said that the home secretary had also said that about a thousand people, who have been left out during the re-identification process in July, the families of ex-Bru militant outfit who are stranded in the Bru IDP camps and split families from the parental house numbering about a thousand are also not eligible for repatriation.

Expressing regret for the exclusion of Bru families, the Bru organisations said that the rejected and unwanted Bru families are bound to face a big problem.

Meanwhile, a district-level core committee meeting on Bru repatriation was held in Lunglei under the leadership of Lunglei district deputy commissioner K Lalrinzuali on Friday.

The meeting widely discussed about medical facilities, transportation, food and drinking water and security arrangements for the Bru refugees when they are repatriated to Lunglei district, officials sources said.

It was mentioned in the meeting that at least 364 Bru families from Hamsapara, Naisingpara and Hazacherra camps will be repatriated to Lunglei district and they will be resettled at Putlungasih, Chawilung S, Dinthar and Buknuam villages.