Agartala: The residents of Kanchanpur sub-division who were evicted from their land from the southern part of the town 22 years ago to accommodate Reang (Bru) refugees are now demanding the restoration of their land.
In a recent meeting, the evicted persons constituted a Refugee Development Committee (Udbastu Unnoyan Committee) to press for their demands.
President of the committee Arun Das and secretary Nilkanta Das said they will submit a memorandum to the Sub-divisional Magistrate and will decide upon their future course of action depending upon the response of the administration.
A total of 480 families were evicted, out of which 230 were from Ananda Bazar and Subhash Nagar area; 160 families from Kashirampur and another 90 families from Taichama.
Leaders of the committee said they left their land as thousands of refugees were coming from Mizoram and the government assured make alternative arrangements for them. Initially some relief was given to them but after some time everything stopped.
Since then, they are spending days in hardship at Panisagar, Dasda, Laxmipur and some other places of Kanchanpur. The administration assured them of restoring their land after the refugees return to Mizoram. But now, the State government is proposing to rehabilitate the refugees in Tripura and this move has made the people worried about their future.
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