Protests over killing of Bru woman stalls repatriation

AGARTALA/AIZAWL, 7th Oct: Protests over the killing of a Bru woman allegedly by her husband in Mamit district of Mizoram, bordering Tripura, has stalled the on-going repatriation of Bru refugees who put up blockades in protest on Monday, officials said.
In the ninth round of repatriation which is termed as the "final" one, altogether 4,447 Bru families, lodged in six relief camps in Tripura, are scheduled to return to the neighbouring state from where they had fled since 1997 following ethnic clashes.
A total of 51 Bru families returned to Mizoram since the repatriation began on October 3. Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Abhedananda Baidya said a group of women, who are inmates of the refugee camps, shouted slogans in protest against the killing of Linda Bru, who was allegedly burnt to death by her Mizo husband on October 3 in Mamit district of Mizoram.
Mamit is one of the districts where the displaced Bru community people are scheduled to be resettled. All six refugee camps are at Kanchanpur sub-division in North Tripura district bordering Mamit.

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