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Thousands of Brus fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura following ethnic tension
Thousands of Brus fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura following ethnic tension |File image
MIZORAM

Civil society body urges genuine Bru families to return to Mizoram

Preparations are gaining momentum to repatriate over 4,400 Bru families from six relief camps in North Tripura starting from Oct 1

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: NGO Co-ordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil societies and student bodies in Mizoram, has appealed all genuine Bru families, who are lodged at six relief camps in North Tripura district of Tripura, to return to Mizoram.

A statement issued by the committee said the meeting of all civil societies held on Wednesday asked the state government to take measures to ensure that only Bru families, who were identified as genuine residents of Mizoram, are repatriated to Mizoram according to the road map.

It said that those Bru families and their descendants, who fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura should return to Mizoram without fail.

The committee also said that the proposed Bru repatriation will be the last exercise according to the agreement signed between Mizoram government and civil society group.

It said that an agreement was signed in April this year after the state government promised that the proposed Bru repatriation will be the last exercise, which forced the civil society group to withdraw its boycott call on the Lok Sabha polls.

Preparations are gaining momentum to repatriate over 4,400 Bru families from Tripura starting from October 1.

The Bru people will be resettled in Mamit, Lunglei and Kolasib districts.

Thousands of Brus fled Mizoram and migrated to Tripura following ethnic tension triggered by the murder of a Mizo forest guard by the erstwhile Bru underground outfit.

Several repatriations attempt made since 2009 went futile due to several reasons, including non-acceptance of repatriation package by the Bru refugees.

Meanwhile, NGO Co-ordination Committee blamed the state for enrolling Myanmar refugees in the state's electoral roll.

The committee said that at least 489 refugees, who illegally entered Mizoram from Myanmar were included in the state's electoral roll. It asked the state government to take measure to ensure that the names of the refugees were deleted from the electoral roll.

More than 1,700 refugees from Paletwa and neighbouring villages in Myanmar’s Arakan had entered Mizoram in November 2017, fleeing armed conflict. They took refuge in makeshift camps in four villages, Zochachhuah, Laitlang, Dumzautlang and Hmawngbuchhuah in south Mizoram's Lawngtlai district.

The refugees were pushed back to Myanmar in July this year.