Almost 33,000 members of the Bru community are set to repatriate to Mizoram in the coming months after duration of 21 years.
On Tuesday, an agreement had been signed by the Centre, governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) in Delhi in the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the chief ministers of the two states.
As per the agreement, around 5,407 families comprising of 32,876 people, who had been lodged in temporary camps in Tripura, will repatriate to Mizoram before September 30, 2018.
The Centre has decided to provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation of Brus in Mizoram and address their issues related to security, education, and livelihood, in consideration with the Tripura and Mizoram governments.
Moreover, a committee will coordinate the implementation of this agreement which will be led by the Special Secretary (Internal Security).
Around 35,000 Brus from Mizoram are lodged in six evacuee camps in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura district in a phased manner since 1997, following ethnic clashes with Mizos over land dispute.
In December 2016, officials from the Home Ministry had visited the refugee camps to take stock of the situation for early repatriation of Brus to their home state.