Mizoram to submit final movement plan for Bru repatriation

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Mizoram government would soon submit the final movement plan for Bru repatriation which was scheduled to begin from early November.

Additional secretary for state home department Lalbiakzama told PTI that the detailed movement plan under Road Map – 5 for Bru repatriation process was being finalised for submission to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had instructed the state government to make efforts for repatriation of around 3,445 Bru families from the six relief camps in North Tripura district despite the complete failure of the last repatriation attempt as not a single Bru came forward to return to Mizoram during July 2 – September 4 last year.

Thousands of Brus had left Mizoram and migrated to Tripura after the Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) militants gunned down a game watcher of the state Environment and Forests department near Persang hamlet inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve along the Tripura-Bangladesh border on October 21, 1997.

Though some Bru families have returned to the state since 2010, many of them on their own, a large number of them remained in the relief camps while their leaders continued to make several conditions for their return to Mizoram.

Source: Business Standard

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