Tripura, Mizoram governments feign ignorance
Agartala: In a curious development, 21 Reang refugees belonging to 4 families, who were earlier repatriated to Mizoram on October 3, have returned back to Tripura on Wednesday putting a big question mark on the success of the ongoing repatriation process.
This reverse move was reported when the repatriation process is still going on in slow pace as 15 members belonging to three families have returned on Wednesday too taking the total number of refugees repatriated so far to 305.
Surprisingly, neither the Mizoram nor the Tripura administration has any information that a section of the repatriated refuges are returning back.
Abhedananda Baidya, Sub-divisional Magistrate of Kanchanpur also expressed his ignorance about their return.
Though the authority is expressing ignorance, certain sections are apprehending foul play by the anti-repatriation leaders and there is enough reason to believe that they are persuading the refugees to come back to prove that the situation in Mizoram is not conducive to stay.
Meanwhile, in an interesting development, the Mizoram government is sending nearly one hundred buses everyday to the refugee camps though very few are boarding these buses. In most of the days, the buses are returning without any passengers.
The purpose can be served with only few buses but it is presumed that there is a conspiracy of siphoning off of a major part of the Rs 350 crore sanctioned by the Centre for repatriation and rehabilitation of the over 35,000 Reang refugees staying in six camps in North Tripura district.