140 Bru families repatriated to Mizoram
Aizawl: Around 140 Bru families from
Naisingpara relief camp in neighbouring North Tripura district
returned to Mizoram on Monday as the third phase of repatriation
of Bru refugees finally began.
According to SP (Mamit) H Sangawia, some of the
families, proposed to be resettled in Damparengpui and
Tuipuibari villages in the district, came directly to the two
villages without first going to the transit camp.
The rest of the repatriated refugees would be first
lodged at the transit camp from where they would be brought to
the villages where they would be resettled, he said.
Refugees from Naisingpara, the largest relief camp,
were brought back first as a devastating fire ravaged the camp
on March 19, killing 17 people and gutted more than 3,000
"We decided to start with the Naisingpara camp so that
their houses need not be reconstructed and the refugees can
construct their houses in the Mizoram villages where they
would be resettled with Rs 80,000 to be disbursed to each
family," one official said, adding that Rs 9.97 crore had been
allocated by the Centre as repatriation expenses.
Mizoram government had earlier decided to resume the
repatriation from April eight when 4,490 refugees of 890
families would be brought back from Tripura and resettled in
22 villages in Mamit district.
However, the repatriation process failed to take off
due to complaints from the Mizoram Bru Displaced People`s
Forum (MBDPF), which asked for more time on preparations.
The third phase of repatriation is expected to be
completed by May six.