The Bru families will be back home after over 20 years

Agartala: After relentless efforts by the Tripura and Mizoram governments, around 21 families comprising 131 Bru refugees were repatriated to Mizoram on Wednesday.

The Bru families will go to Dinthar in Lunglei district of Mizoram. They will enter Mizoram through Damchhera Kanmun area. Kanchanpur SDM Abeda Nanda Baidya is accompanying the families and he will hand them over to officials in Mizoram, sources said.

As many as 32,876 Reang refugees, who had fled from Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts in Mizoram during the ethnic clashes in 1997, have been residing in camps in Tripura for the past 21 years. Seven phases of repatriation have been held till date. The window period from August 25 to September 25 is the last, as per reports.

The last repatriation was finalised in July last year in New Delhi. Top officials from Mizoram and Tripura government along with the Union home ministry and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) had signed an agreement, paving the way for the repatriation process.

Around 130 Bru refugees from Tripura embarking on their journey back to Mizoram

After returning to Mizoram, the refugees would be given a one-time financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh, a house, monthly assistance of Rs 5,000 and free ration for two years, according to an agreement signed by the representatives of the Bru refugees, the governments of Tripura and Mizoram and the Union home ministry.

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