Bru leaders thank government; seek govt's intervention in solving inter-community scuffle

AGARTALA:

The Bru leaders who have been assured of being settled here in Tripura permanently extended gratitude to the state and central government today. At the same time, the leaders also urged the government to resolve the visible resentment of the locals regarding their permanent settlement here in Tripura.

General Secretary of Mizoram Bru Displaced People Forum (MBDPF) Bruno Masho said that they were grateful to the government of Tripura and the centre for the humanitarian move.

He said, “I am very grateful to the government. We are all happy. The development and life of the human being do not lie in the relief camps. So our future was totally uncertain. So this decision taken by the government of India led by BJP for Brus is very good, excellent and example of dynamic governance”.

On the issue of confrontations and protests being staged by some non-tribal groups and apolitical organizations, he said that they could not comment on that and hoped the governments would also intervene to resolve the problem.

“They have raised their own agenda; they have raised their own thinking. We cannot say anything about that. The government will also settle these problems. The package announced for the Bru settlement of Rs 600 crore for development and other issues may solve the issue. This issue may not remain as it seems if the package is implemented as announced”.

He also termed the agreement historic as it has addressed a longstanding issue between neighboring states.

“On 16 the last of this month a historic quadripartite agreement was signed in New Delhi which sorted out the 23 years long issue of Bru displaced people and also a contention between the respective governments of Tripura and Mizoram. So, it is our duty to abide by the agreement and contribute in building the society” Bruno hoped.

He also thought that after becoming citizens of Tripura they would coordinate and cooperate with the people of Tripura as good citizens of the state.

“Now we will be becoming the citizens of Tripura. We have to forget our ancestral home land where we had been living since time immemorial. We will try our best to become good citizens of Tripura and will try to bring peace in the state. We will also try to have good combination among each other and every section of people, with tribal and non-tribal communities living here in the state” Masho told this reporter.

Notably, the Brus took shelter here in the Tripura after being persecuted from the neighboring Mizoram followed by ethnic clashes in the year 1997. Since then they were residing in Kanchanpur located at North Tripura district of Tripura in around 6 relief camps. In November last year, the Brus staged a road blockade in the National high way demanding resumption of their rationing after the they crossed the finish line of repatriation in accordance with the four corner agreement signed in March 2018 last. The pact signed on January 16 last at New Delhi under the mediation of Home Minister Amit Shah resolved their problems and offered permanent settlement in Tripura.

A fresh identification drive will be initiated soon to prepare a database of all the 34,000 refugees within 15 days. The entire process of settlement is expected to take six months, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a media conference earlier on Friday.