Mizoram Chief Minister P Zoramthanga wrote to his Tripura counterpart Biplab Kumar Deb, requesting him to rethink resettling Bru migrants in Jampui Hills and adjoining areas. His letter got here weeks after Mizo Conference, a NGO of Mizo group primarily based in North Tripura, staged a protest in opposition to the resettlement course of.
In his letter, the Mizoram CM stated Brus and Mizos have traditionally shared ethnic pressure and upheavals, each in Mizoram and Tripura. He stated any ‘pressure’ between the 2 communities in Tripura is more likely to have “repercussions” in Mizoram.
“…there was ethnic pressure and upheaval between Mizos and Brus, each in Mizoram and Tripura ands any pressure between the 2 communities in Tripura will little doubt have repercussions in Mizoram and vice versa, which might defeat the very objective and spirit of the Settlement signed between representatives of Bru group, Chairman of TIPRA, Chief Secretary of Tripura, Chief Secretary of Mizoram, Joint Secretary (Ministry of House Affairs) on 16.1.2020,” Mizoram CM Zoramthanga’s letter reads.
He requested Tripura to “instantly rethink and cancel” the proposal for resettlement of displaced Brus at Jampui Hills and adjoining areas, which he claimed to be ‘conventional habitat’ of the Mizo group in Tripura.
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A senior official of the state authorities, who didn’t want to be named, stated the letter hasn’t formally reached the Chief Minister’s Workplace (CMO) but. “We aren’t conscious of any such official letter from Mizoram Chief Minister. Tripura is coping with Bru resettlement internally and as per instruction of the Authorities of India. Any plan of action can solely be set after receipt of the letter,” the official knowledgeable.
One other official hooked up with the resettlement course of stated that solely two out of 12 proposed spots for resettling the Bru migrants had been unanimously accepted. The migrants raised some objections for different spots and they’re nonetheless below dialogue.
The letter has obtained extreme criticism from Bru migrants who stated they really feel Mizoram CM Zoramthanga’s letter is a veiled menace to their peaceable resettlement course of in Tripura.
Chatting with indianexpress.com, Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Discussion board (MBDPF) normal secretary Bruno Msha stated, “Mizoram authorities repeatedly didn’t strike amicable answer for Bru migrants in 23 lengthy years after they had been imagined to repatriate them again. Once we are on the cusp of a correct decision of our protracted displacement disaster, it’s undesired that Mizoram ought to intervene on this concern”.
“Brus in Tripura have lived peacefully for over 20 years. This can be a veiled menace of repercussion on our Bru brethren in Mizoram. That is most uncalled for,” Bruno stated.