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Oct 24, 2019

Tripura govt sends 240 Mizoram Bru back to their villages till date

Tripura government has sent 240 Mizoram Bru also known as Reang refugees back to their villages till date. Authorities have sent back the refugees under a rehabilitation package sponsored by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) after the current repatriation initiative launched on the 3rd of this month.

Superintendent of Police, North Tripura, Bhanupada Chakraborty told AIR that 15 members of three Reang refugee families have been sent to their home land Mizoram. Since October 3, a total of 240 members of 68 families have returned. Mr Chakraborty said a team of Mizoram officials are in the State and looking after the repatriation process.

The MHA's rehabilitation package includes one-time cash support of 1.30 lakh rupees per family and a monthly assistance of 500 rupees to returnee families for two years. Besides, free ration for them for two years was also assured.

Over 31,000 Reang people also known as Bru community had been displaced from Mizoram at different times since 1997 because of a ethnic strife in Mizoram. They have been settled in six camps in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura.

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