Bru people in a relief camp in Tripura Credit: File mage

Agartala: Union home minister Amit Shah has signed a quadripartite agreement with Mizoram, Tripura and leaders of internally-displaced Brus under the banner of Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum for their rehabilitation in Tripura, ending an over two-decade-old imbroglio.

Over 37,000 Brus were forced to flee from Mizoram’s Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts following an ethnic clash between the Brus and Mizos in 1997.

They have been languishing in six relief camps in Naisingpara, Ashaparaa, Hezacherra, Kaskau, Khakchangpara and Hamsapara in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisons of Tripura since then.

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The Mizoram government has made at least nine attempts to repatriate the Brus since 2009 but they have been refusing to return to the state citing security reasons and insufficient rehabilitation packages offered by the Centre.

As per home department officials, over 8,000 Brus returned to Mizoram, either through repatriation or on their own, between November 2009 and November last year.

Last year, the Mizoram government undertook the ninth and final phase of repatriation during which around 1,165 people belonging to 289 families had reportedly returned.

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