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The Brus have been on a sit-in protest and road blockade since October 31
The Brus have been on a sit-in protest and road blockade since October 31|EastMojo image
TRIPURA

Tripura ministerial team to visit Bru agitators’ site today

Delegation includes deputy CM Jishnu Dev Varma, ministers Ratan Lal Nath, NC Debbarma and Santana Chakma, and MPs of Tripura East and Tripura West

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: A delegation of Tripura government led by deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma will meet the Bru agitators on Thursday who are on a sit-in protest since October 31 after the death of six people due to starvation following the stoppage of ration supply and cash dole to the inmates of seven relief camps in the state.

Besides Dev Varma, the delegation will include law minister Ratan Lal Nath, revenue and fishery minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma, social welfare and social justice minister Santana Chakma and the MPs of Tripura East and West.

Earlier, speaking with the reporters, additional chief secretary Kumar Alok said that as per the agreement which was signed between the Bru tribals, Mizoram and Tripura governments and the Centre, the process is being implemented.

“They have been told that no agitation would be allowed and they have to repatriate to the Mizoram. The Bru leaders have been asking for a new thing which was not there in the agreement nor discussed. Thus they have to withdraw the agitation and have to continue the repatriation process as per the agreement,” he said.

During a meeting, it was also decided that those who repatriate to Mizoram within the next three days will get Rs 25,000 extra and there is no question of resuming free ration to the refugees as directed by the Union ministry of home affairs.

A memorandum submitted to the North Tripura district magistrate, signed by joint secretary of Bru Tribal Development Society (BTDS) Paritosh Chorkhy, secretary in-charge of Mizoram Bru Indigenous Democratic Movement (MBIDM), general secretary of Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples’ Forum (MBDPF) Bruno Msha, said: "With due respect, we representing the displaced Brus lodged in seven relief camps have ‘withdrawn the blockade of road’ around 2.30 am in front of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Kanchanpur on Tuesday with respect and honouring the request of Additional Chief Secretary Kumar Alok [sic].”

“Although the agitators disagree over our decision to withdraw the blockage of the road without any positive commitment made by either from the Government of India or Government of Tripura. Therefore, public agitators have intensified themselves to continue the demonstration. Therefore, we have suggested that the demonstrator can withdraw the blockage of the road only after the immediate issuance of relief, rations and cash dole from October to till there is an amicable solution [sic],” the statement further said.

Meanwhile, sub-divisional magistrate Abhedananda Baidya has denied getting any memorandum or statement for the Bru refugees regarding withdrawal of the road blockade and said that they continued the blockade amidst the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC.

“We are doing our work as per the instruction from the higher authority,” he told EastMojo.

Meanwhile, North Tripura SP Bhanupada Chakraborty said that they have deployed 1,600 CRPF, Tripura State Rifles and police personnel to maintain law and order in the district.