Agartala: The leaders of the Bru organisations have served an ultimatum to the district magistrate and collector of North Tripura that they will block the main road and loot the government godowns if ration and cash dole in relief camps do not resume.
The letter signed by the Mizoram Bru Indigenous Democratic Movement (MBIDM) general secretary Philip Apeto, Bru Tribal Development Society (BTDS) president Vipin Kumar Msha and Mizoram Bru Indigenous Democratic Movement (MBDPF) president A Sawibunga said, “With due respect and humble submission, we the undersigned on behalf of MBDPF, MBIDM and BTDS would like to state that the spectre of starvation looming large over the displaced Brus languishing at seven relief camps due to the suspension of rations and cash dole from October 2019 onwards.”
The letter also said that the decision of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) headed by Dr AP Maheshwari, IPS (special secretary internal security) to stop the relief facilities is ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘violation of human rights’ because the repatriation process is exercising from October 3 to November 30. So, the displaced Brus have to repatriate on an empty stomach since the ration and cash dole have been stopped during the course of the repatriation period.
“We would like to inform you that there will be numbers of casualty due to starvation in next few days as it is already 24 days that the rations and cash-dole has been stopped. The hungry and desperate camp’s inmates lodged in seven relief camps do not have any alternative option but to block the main road, looting of government godowns etc. for their survival [sic],” the letter read.
They also said it was their fervent appeal for the message to reach the Central government to withdraw its decision and to continue ration and cash dole till there is an amicable solution and repatriation process is concluded.
“We would like to request your esteem-self to treat this application as a most urgent matter and take immediate favourable action please to avoid death or displaced due to starvation which can further lead the breakdown of the law and order situation in the area,” the Bru organisations wrote.