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Bru crisis deepen: Ministers team moves to convince agitating displaced families

Bru crisis deepen: Ministers team moves to convince agitating displaced families

Agartala, Nov 7 (UNI) A ministerial team of Tripura government headed by Deputy Chief

Minister Jishnu Dev Varma has left for Bru camps in Kanchanpur of North Tripura this

morning to sort out the tangled repatriation process of displaced families.

The Bru families have been on the street demonstrating against the process of

repatriation for past eight days, as central government had stopped supply of ration for

them since last month. As a result, food crisis hit thousands of Brus living in six camps

that resulted death of seven persons so far and left about 56 ill due to starvation.

Failing after officers’ level persuasion to convince them to accept the repatriation

package and move to Mizoram, four ministers including Deputy CM, law minister Ratan

Lal Nath, Revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma and Minister for social welfare

Santana Chakma have headed to hold discussion with the agitating people.

The Bru refugees who, besides being given liberal rehabilitation benefits upon return

home, have also been promised a cash incentive of Rs 25,000 per family in case they

return by today. But they have been doggedly opposed to repatriation on grounds of

Mizoram government siting them in remote and far-flung areas instead of their traditional

home areas.

In the new areas they will also not be allowed to collect anything from forest areas and

they have been apprehending future persecution in Mizoram.

Meanwhile, Tripura royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman stood with the displace

families and announced to fight for their cause and compel Tripura government to

provide plot of land with pattas and assured, “If Tripura government fails to accommodate

them, he will provide them land”.

He stated, "This is Brus’ own place. No one could push all of you to Mizoram because

Maharaja Pradyot Kishore is with you. Once you had to uproot for the sake of Dumbur

hydro electric project in early 70s and settled in Mizoram. Once again you people are

facing the same fate. I am with all of you. If situation arises, I will give land settlement

of Bru people.”

Pradyot’s announcement put pressure on Tripura government as well as on centre.

Pradyot argued Tripura government plans to provide over 2000 acres of land for

raising a BSF firing range at Kanchanpur, why Bru, one of the indigenous tribes will not

get land for settlement? And said, “I would file a writ petition to High Court against the

stoppage of free ration to the Brus. Under Article 21, no one is denied of food or ration.

If happens, it will be human right violation and I will surely knock the door for the Bru

people.”

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