As per a media report, since August 25 this year, 24 Bru refugee families have returned to Mizoram as part of the repatriation agreement between Government of India, state governments of Mizoram, Tripura and Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF).
The deadline expired with over 32,700 Bru refugees still sheltered in Tripura.
Officials claimed that 17 refugee families would return to Mizoram from Khakchang relief camp in Panisagar sub-division of Tripura’s North District.
Also, according to North Tripura Superintendent of Police Bhanupada Chakraborty said “We have been informed that 17 Bru refugee families will return to Mizoram tomorrow. We have maintained proper security and have arranged vehicles for their transportation.”
It is to be noted that over 37 thousand Bru refugees fled Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei Districts of Mizoram during ethnic clashes in 1997. They were sheltered in makeshift relief camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions of North Tripura district.
Data also suggest that till date, 3,585 refugees from 701 families went back to Mizoram in seven phases. However, a few of them came back complaining about the living standards.