Agartala: The long-pending demand of the internally-displaced Bru people following the ethnic clash in 1997 has finally come to an end with the quadripartite agreement signed between the governments of Tripura and Mizoram, leaders of various Bru organisations and the Centre in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday.
Speaking at a press conference, the Union home minister Amit Shah said the 23-year-long problem has finally been solved with the signing of the final settlement.
“With the efforts of Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga, NEDA convenor and leaders of Tripura’s political parties and royal scion Pradyot Manikya Deb Barman, the issue has finally come to a logical end,” Shah said.
Shah also said that since 1997, following the ethnic tension in Nagaland and Mizoram, around 30,000 people fled from Mizoram to the northern part of Tripura and took shelter in camps. Ever since, no permanent solution was found for their problems.
“On July 3, 2018, under the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government along with the governments of Tripura and Mizoram and leaders of the Bru had signed an agreement and a package was also announced which gave the internally displaced people a chance to return to Mizoram. But, due to some reasons, a number of people refused to return. From 2018 to 2019, only 328 families had returned and settled in Mizoram,” Shah said.
Speaking further, Shah said that the Bru people who are about 30,000 in number would now be permanently settled in Tripura. All the organisations of the Brus and both the state governments have also agreed to the final decision.
“A 40×30 ft plot to build house, Rs 4 lakh as fixed deposit, financial aid of Rs 5,000 per month along with free rations supply for the next two years to all the Bru families. To build the house, an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh will also be provided to every family,” Shah added.
The Tripura chief minister has allocated land for those people and a package of Rs 600 crore has been sanctioned to settle down them within Tripura to start their new life.
He also said that recently 88 militants from NLFT-SD band group led by Subir Debbarma had surrendered with around 50 automatic weapons n Tripura.
“The struggle of the group had started since 1980 and it was finally solved with laying down of weapons. The solution of the Bru people is a major success for the government and Northeast,” he added.