Special Secretary (Internal Security) in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Mahesh Kumar Singla reviewed the repatriation process of Bru refugees in a tripartite meeting with the officials of Tripura, Mizoram and leaders of displaced Brus.
He was accompanied with officials of both the states when they visited a number of camps in Kanchanpur and interacted with the inmates today. Singla however, made it clear that central government is committed to finish the repatriation process in the stipulated time but did not declared any date.
Brus, who migrated en masse from Mizoram to Tripura after the murder of a forest guard inside Mizoram-Bangladesh-Tripura border Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997, by Bru militants, have been lodged in the six relief camps in North Tripura district since then.
Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF) has ushered hope that the dialogue at Central Monitoring Group (CMG), constituted to review refugee repatriation, would help resolve the 19-year-old imbroglio. Exodus of Brus, also known as Reangs.
The MHA has been providing relief and amenities to camp inmates through Tripura government agencies.
The MHA, in a letter on September 26, 2015 requested Mizoram government to allow MBDPF delegations to visit Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts to oversee rehabilitation arrangements. Mizoram has not yet responded to the request.