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Supplies to Bru relief camps may stop after Jan 15: Official

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Displaced Bru refugees of Mizoram, sheltered in six evacuee camps in Tripura, will be deprived of ration supplies and cash from January 15, if the does not extend its deadline for doling out benefits to them, officials said.

As the affairs (MHA) is yet to convey its decision on the matter, the supplies to the migrants might be stopped mid-next week, an said.

"The state has been providing cash and to the relief camps as per instructions of the MHA, which had last year halted supplies for a brief period after failing to repatriate the Brus," Abhedananda Baidya, the sub-divisional magistrate of Kanchanpur in North district, said.

Bruno Msha, the of Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF), said the community, comprising more than 35,000 refugees, was aware of the situation and that will be apprised of the matter soon.

"We shall write to seeking his intervention in a day or two," Msha told

Thousands of Brus had been living in relief camps since 1997 in the wake of communal tension in Mizoram, triggered by the brutal killing of forest inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve by militants.

The Centre had embarked on the eighth phase of repatriation of Bru refugees in August, 2018 as per an agreement signed with the leaders of the tribal community. However, the repatriation package was rejected by most refugees, who claimed it was "insufficient".

Only 150 refugees from 42 families returned during the exercise.

"The MHA had stopped doling out assistance to the migrants for 21 days from September 30, 2018 after they refused to return The decision was later revised and aid restored till January 15, 2019," Baidya said quoting a letter sent to the government last year by MHA Joint

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 17:20 IST