88 Bru refugee families repatriated from Tripura to Mizoram
AGARTALA/AIZAWL, 15th Oct: A total of 408 people belonging to 88 displaced Bru families staying in six relief camps of Tripura have left for their homeland Mizoram since the repatriation exercise began on October 3, officials said on Tuesday.
A total of 4,447 Bru families, lodged in the relief camps at Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions of North Tripura district, are scheduled to return to the neighbouring state from where they had fled since 1997 following ethnic clashes.
The Bru community, also called Reangs, is among the 21 scheduled tribes in the country. They are scattered across Assam, Mizoram and Tripura.
Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Kanchanpur, Abhedananda Baidya, said 235 Bru people of 45 families have been repatriated.
His Panisagar counterpart N Darlong said 173 people belonging to 43 families have left for Mizoram till date during the ninth round of repatriation which is termed as the "final" one.
The repatriation is scheduled to continue till November 30.
Mizoram officials said 22 Bru families from various relief camps have been repatriated on Monday.
The repatriation is being carried out though some Bru organisations are against the exercise.