Announcement follows expiry of deadline for repatriation of all Bru refugees to Mizoram; over 32,000 still remain in state
Agartala: Almost a week after the deadline for repatriation to Mizoram ended on September 25, the Centre has discontinued all forms of subsistence allowances, including ration supplies and cash, to Bru refugees sheltered in relief camps in Tripura.
Confirming the news to EastMojo, Kanchanpur SDM Abhedananda Baidya said that this has been done as per instructions from the ministry of home affairs on September 25. “We are just following instructions. A large number of Bru refugees are yet to be shifted but as of now we can’t help them until we get further instruction from the authorities concerned,” he added.
In the final phase of the repatriation process, which started on August 25 and concluded on September 25, around 40 families were repatriated from six relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions in North Tripura district.
Earlier on July 3, as per an agreement signed between the Centre, the Mizoram and Tripura governments and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum, 5,407 families comprising of 32,876 persons and staying in temporary refugee camps in Tripura were to be repatriated to Mizoram before September 30.
However, over 32,000 refugees still live in camps in Tripura.