Considerable tension is generating across Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura district over a call given by the Reang refugees to resort to an indefinite road blockade movement from October 31 demanding restoration of supply of relief to the inhabitants of the refugee camps.
A Saibunga, president of the Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples’ Forum (MBDPF) and his secretary Bruno Mesha jointly signed a letter addressed to District Magistrate of North Tripura Revel Hemendra Kumar informing him of their decision. Copies of the letter have also was sent to all the authorities concerned in the State and New Delhi, including the Chief Secretaries of Tripura and Mizoram and the Special Secretary of Union Home Ministry who is looking after the refugee issue on behalf of the ministry.
They threatened to start a road blockade in between Dasda and Ananda Bazar which will disconnect a large part of the sub-division including Dasada, Bhandarima, Ananda Bazar and many other places. Supply of essentials to the hilly areas also will be affected.
As per a four-corner agreement in which these MBPDF leaders also were signatories, repatriation of Reang refugees were suppose to be completed by October 31 and the supply of relief materials were supposed to be discontinued from the next day. The government has distributed one month’s ration in advance and stopped all the ration distribution centers.
As per the agreement, the repatriation of refugees started on October 3, but only a few took the facility to go back to their ancestral home and take the lucrative rehabilitation package. Most of the refugees refused to go back raising some issues like security concern.