Agartala: The North Tripura district administration of Tripura has registered a complaint against 35 Bru inmates for entering the state from Mizoram bypassing the national lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking with reporters, North Tripura SP Bhanupada Chakraborty said that a case has been registered against the 35 Bru tribals under various sections of the IPC and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
“The Bru inmates entered Tripura on April 17 violating the norms of the lockdown. They entered the state through the jungles from Mizoram on finding all the entry gates to Tripura sealed,” Chakraborty said.
He also said that on receiving information about their entry to the state, the administration took them to a nearby quarantine. “They had traveled from Mizoram on receiving travel pass from some local village council which is not permitted at this moment,” Chakraborty added.
The Bru inmates were placed in quarantine at Damcherra under Kanchanpur subdivision. However, on not receiving food and medical support in time, the angry villagers held talks with the administration to place them in home quarantine. Later, the administration took them to facility quarantine at Kanchanpur ST Boys’ Hostel in Kanchanpur.
The Bru inmates are the residents of Naisingpara relief camp under North Tripura district and had traveled to Aizawl for work purposes prior to national lockdown.
Following the illegal entry of the group of Bru inmates to state, Tripura Police have intensified vigil with additional deployment of security forces along the Tripura-Mizoram border.
The North Tripura district shares inter-state border with Mizoram and the recent clash between the local villagers and troops of the IRBn has triggered panic among the masses.
Meanwhile, the health department has collected samples of the Bru inmates from the facility quarantine for real-time PCR tests which would be done in Agartala’s GB Pant Hospital, Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma, the nodal officer for COVID-19 in Tripura, said.