Tripura deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma holding a meeting with the leaders of the Bru organizations

Agartala: Amidst the ongoing tension in Kanchanpur sub-division around the resettlement of displaced Brus, the deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Monday held a meeting with the leaders of the Bru community to discuss their rehabilitation process.

After meeting the deputy chief minister, The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman said they have requested the Tripura government to take immediate steps to fulfill the promise.

In addition, they have demanded financial assistance for the family of firefighter Biswajit Debbarma.

“We have told the government that there was no provocation from the side of Brus. There were provocations from the side of the Nagarik Suraksha Mancha and Mizo convention. So, how can the government call it communal? We have not done anything. The fight was between the Police and Joint Movement committee, so why we are being dragged into it”, Deb Barman said.

Bruno Msha, general secretary of Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF), expressed his satisfaction after attending the meeting.

“We demand initiative to build houses for the resettlement of families. Thirteen places have been identified, and we have agreed to rehabilitate there,” Msha said.

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The education minister Ratan Lal Nath on November 24 said that land has been identified for the resettlement of Bru refugees in nine subdivisions– Kanchanpur, Panisagar, Longtharai Valley, Ambassa, Khowai, Kailashahar, Dharmanagar and Sonamura in six districts of Tripura. However, all the land identified falls under protected forest.

“The proposal of Tripura has been sent to the central government. It might take a couple of months. The rehabilitation process will start after getting the approval of the center. About 6,000 families could be rehabilitated on the land. Currently there are 6,960 Bru families”, Nath said.

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