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Verification of displaced Brus underway amid demand for repatriation

Verification of displaced Brus underway amid demand for repatriation

Agartala, Jan 25 (UNI) Amid protest and tension following the decision of settling displaced Brus in Tripura within six months, the state government has initiated the process of verification of details of the people residing in six camps of North Tripura, officials said here today.

The administrative process has begun from January 18 last, as mandated under quadruplet agreement.

“The process of counting the number of refugees residing in different camps has already started and it is expected that the census would be completed by first week of February . Once ascertaining the figure, as per the agreement the government will proceed further. By then the administration has been asked to look for adequate land for settlement of 34,000 odd Brus,” said a senior official.

Followed by identification of the beneficiaries, the administration would start issuing necessary documents like permanent resident of Tripura certificate (PRTC), ration card; fresh enrollment in electoral roll based on their settlement, the official stated adding that the government has undertaken measures to maintain peace in the area.

Meanwhile, the decision of settling Brus in Tripura has created an ethnocentrism in northeast and it has set a bad precedent in the country to sponsor displaced people from one state to other. The ongoing agitation against the decision has indicated a clear sign of conflicts between the Brus and indigenous communities, both tribal and non-tribals of Tripura, said local residents in Kanchanpur.

The Mizo people have been objecting Bru settlement in their homeland and despite at least 21 attempts of centre, Tripura and Mizoram government could not succeed the mission. Instead of ensuring security, political rights and better livelihood in Bru’s homeland, BJP government has succumbed to the pressure of ethnic politics, they alleged.

It said the decision apparently made displaced Brus happy but did not ensure their political rights in democratic system. Brus were demanding separate ADC for them in Mizoram, as one of the important components of their repatriation, which was vehemently opposed by Mizoram government. But in the settlement agreement in Tripura neither Brus demanded separate ADC or a reserved seat in assembly nor the government offered them anything else except the right to stay like an ordinary citizen.

Soon after the announcement of the decision of Bru settlement in Tripura, the citizens forum of non-tribals Nagarik Suraksha Mancha (NSM) has launched massive agitation to press for their 12 –point charter of demands including pushing back Brus living in the camps of Kanchanpur and Panisagar to their homeland Mizoram and ensure the settlement of non-tribals with similar package who were displaced due to violence and perpetration of Brus in last 20 years in their homeland here.

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