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PTI Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 22:08 IST India

In a day the Mizoram

government said it would go ahead with the agreed plan to

repatriate the Bru refugees from Tripura, a new association of

the refugees today demanded an Area Development Council (ADC)

for Brus after the repatriation.

The Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples' Coordination

Committee (MBDPCC) submitted a memorandum demanding an ADC to

the Dasda BDO for Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The refugees living in six relief camps of North

Tripura district have demanded the ADC for their security and

development once they would be back home, MBDPCC president L

Laldingliana told PTI.

"Our long standing demands like creation of Area

Development Council, allotment of 5 hectare land to each

family and formation of cluster village were rejected in the

four-corner agreement signed in New Delhi. This agreement has

caused panic for the inmates of the camps," Laldingliana said.

The new body criticized Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples

Forum (MBDPF), the apex body of the refugees which signed the

quadripartite with the Centre, and state governments of

Mizoram and Tripura on July 3.

The refugees organized a rally today and submitted the

memorandum to the BDO there.

MBDPF secretary Bruno Msha said his organization has

no connection with the new committee.

Meanwhile at a meeting in Aizawl, state Home Minister

R Lalzirliana informed political parties and civil societies

of the state that the repatriation would begin as per schedule

on August 14 and was expected to be completed by September 10.

Lalzirliana said the state government recently

received instructions from the Election Commission to conduct

revision of voters' lists in the relief camps, while its

earlier order had asked conducting the revision in Mizoram

after completion of the physical repatriation process.

"We have to implement the instructions of the Election

Commission of India by conducting the electoral roll revisions

in the relief camps," he said.

The civil societies and the political parties,

however, were not happy with the latest instruction of the EC.

"We decided that the Election Commission would be

approached again so that the entire electoral process should

be conducted within the state," said TA Vanlalruata, president

of central committee of the Young Mizo Association, a civil

society organisation.

The Centre, state governments of Mizoram and Tripura

and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum (MBDPF), the apex

body of the Bru community in the relief camps, have on July 3

signed an agreement for repatriation of all the Bru refugees

from Tripura before September 30.

According to the agreement, Rs 4 lakh would be

deposited in the account of the head of each repatriated Bru

family, which would mature after three years, and a payment of

Rs 1.5 lakh as housing assistance.

Each repatriated Bru family would also be given Rs

5,000 through Direct Benefit Transfer every month and free

ration for two years.

Altogether 32,876 Brus belonging to 5,407 families are

lodged in six relief camps in Tripura.

While 4,199 Bru families would be resettled in 48

villages in Mamit district, 824 and 384 families would be

resettled in 10 villages Kolasib and four villages in Lunglei

districts respectively, Mizoram Additional Secretary for Home

Lalbiakzama had said on Monday.

The Brus are in Tripura since late 1997 in the wake of

a communal tension triggered by the murder of a forest guard

inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997 by Bru

National Liberation Front militants.

The first attempt to repatriate them in 2009 failed

and triggered another wave of exodus after the killing of a

youth three days before the commencement of the repatriation


Though some Bru families had returned to Mizoram

during a number of repatriation processes and on their own,

many of them refused to leave Tripura.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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