Bru people were reluctant to return unless their demands are met

Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Wednesday appealed all willing Bru residents from Tripura camps to return to Mizoram in the wake of the agitation launched by the Bru people.

An official statement on Wednesday said that Mamit deputy commissioner Lalrozama convened a public meeting at Naisingpara relief camp in Tripura on Monday and asked the Bru people to allow the willing families to come back to Mizoram.

He also asked the Bru leaders to not obstruct the willing families and create any disturbance to ensure that the ensuing repatriation is not disturbed.

Citing that the recent death of a Chakma woman due to the alleged domestic violence in Mamit district has no any connection with the repatriation, Lalrozama asked the Bru people not to take the incident ‘communal,’ the statement said.

“The alleged murder which purportedly was out of domestic violence should not be turned into communal colour and hence should be used as an agenda to impede the ongoing repatriation,” he added.

Meanwhile, various Bru bodies launched an agitation, demanding that they should not be sent back to Mizoram unless their demands are met.

The organisations also slammed the Mizoram government for sending vehicles to relief camps despite intimation that the Bru people were reluctant to return until their demands are met.

Earlier, Bru bodies demanded for Mizoram government to call for a meeting of Joint Monitoring Group involving the Centre to discuss the Bru issues before repatriation finally take place.

The Bru leaders also asked the state government to allow them to have a prior inspection on the rehabilitation centres and villages where the Bru families will be resettled. They also demanded cluster village besides that all Bru families should be allowed to return to Mizoram.

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A Bru leader said that a memorandum was sent to Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana on September 30, informing him that the Bru people were reluctant to return unless their demands are met.

He alleged that the Mizoram government is not following its own action plan according to the road map of repatriation and that the ongoing repatriation is not conducted by peaceful means as Mizoram officials had intimidated the Bru families saying the ongoing repatriation is the last and therefore, there is no chance of taking back the Bru families thereafter.

He further alleged that the refugees were seriously concerned about the rehabilitation centres as they were worse than cattle sheds and not fit for human habitation.

The Bru organisations also blamed the Mizoram government for ignoring a massive protest staged by Bru women over the murder of a Bru woman and the repatriation process.

According to a police statement on Wednesday, a 33-year-old Bru woman identified as Linda, who was a live-in partner of Vanlalvena (43) of Tlangkhang village in Mamit district, sustained serious burn injuries. The incident occurred on October 3.

The victim was rushed to Kolasib district hospital and then to Aizawl civil hospital. She was later referred to Zoram Medical College where she succumbed to her injuries on October 5.

Mamit SP Shashank Jaiswal said that the accused Vanlalvena has been arrested following FIR registered by Linda’s sister, who alleged that the accused had assaulted and burnt her sister with petrol.

He also said that the ongoing Bru repatriation is being carried out under tight security.

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