Agartala: As the process for settlement of the Bru displaced people begins in Tripura, two social organisations — Mizo Convention and Yuva Nagarik Suraksha Mancha — raised objection on their settlement in the Kanchanpur area and have demanded them to be shifted outside the sub-division in North Tripura district.
The Mizo Convention, a social organisation of the Mizo community people living in Jampui Hills of Kanchanpur sub-division, on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb with a plea to settle the Brus permanently outside elsewhere and not close to the Mizo traditional boundaries in Jampui Hills.
“…the people of Jampui hill raised our strong objection to the proposed settlement of displaced Mizoram Brus at CCRF, Behliangchhip and Paschim Hmunpui moujas or at any other location adjacent to our Mizo traditional boundaries of Jampul Hill. Except for the Bru themselves, none of the other local community, who are important stakeholders, have been consulted by the government in the whole process,” said a memorandum of Mizo Convention.
The letter also cited that Kanchanpur does not have enough land and forest resources to accommodate the Bru population and also alleged that since their arrival in the sub-division in 1997, communal harmony has deteriorated in the region.
The Bru tribals came to Tripura in 1997 following ethnic clashes in Mizoram and since then they have been living in relief camps in the state.
“We don’t want it to get worse with their continued and permanent stay in the area. As has been our concern and request raised on many occasions with the government; the historical, social and circumstantial aspects of migration of the Mizoram Brus to Tripura and their subsequent anti-social activities after their arrival demand for total avoidance of their settlement anywhere near the Mizo community of Jampui Hill. Non-compliance to this request of ours can result in severe demographic imbalance, land crisis, social disturbance, communal conflict, and damage to environment, amongst others. We, therefore, request you to kindly consider our plea and take appropriate action accordingly,” added the memorandum.
Meanwhile, Yuva Nagarik Suraksha Mancha, a social organisation of Bengali community living in the sub-division, has also submitted a memorandum to Kanchanpur sub-divisional magistrate Chandni Chandran in protest of the decision to settle them in the area.
The body demanded to re-settle the Brus outside Kanchanpur and threatened to resume a movement with indefinite strike.
Meanwhile, a notification issued by the sub-divisional magistrate informed that on April 28 at Kanchanpur sub-division, a meeting in connection with a visit to the proposed sites for re-settlement of Bru Migrants was held.
A total of 12 sites have been proposed for the resettlement of Bru people in Tripura. Among these, five are in North Tripura district, one in Unakoti, three in Dhalai and one each in Khowai, West Tripura and Sepahijala districts.