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Mon, 11 Dec 2017

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MBDPF Appeals to Supreme Court Against Mizoram Civil Bodies

MBDPF Appeals to Supreme Court Against Mizoram Civil Bodies
May 19
12:38 2017

Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), an apex body of displaced Bru people staying in seven refugee camps in north Tripura district has recently appealed to the Supreme Court and accused two civil bodies of Mizoram — Young Mizo Association (YMA) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) — of ill treating the Bru refugees.

A statement issued by YMA said that it strongly took exception to the allegation levelled by the Bru body against the two civil bodies and was unhappy that they have been allegedly projected as a militant group torturing the refugees. According to the YMA statement, the MBDPF, in its petition to the Supreme Court against the government of Mizoram, Tripura and Election Commission of India over Bru repatriation has accused YMA and MZP of intimidating and maltreating the refugees.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked both YMA and MZP to clarify on the allegation levelled by the MBDPF latest by May 8. However, the leaders of YMA and MZP could not appear before the Apex Court within a stipulated time as they received the letter lately, the YMA said. Accordingly, the Supreme Court gave eight-week additional time to the two civil bodies to make clarification.

Leaders of YMA said that they had contacted an advocate to represent the two civil bodies and planned to make clarification within the given time. “We have decided to make clarification on the allegation and apprise the Apex Court of what truth is. The executive meeting of Central YMA on May 16 has agreed to pursue the matter with immediate effect,” the statement issued by YMA said, adding that it will also look into Aadhar enrollment of Bru conducted by Tripura government if need be.

The Brus are lodged in the seven relief camps in North Tripura district since the later part of 1997 following exodus from Mizoram due to communal tension. Several attempts to repatriate them failed due to several reasons. The repatriation process which was scheduled to begin from February last year was put on hold as the Supreme Court directed the Mizoram and Tripura governments and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) not to go ahead with it following the appeal and demands raised by MBDPF.

At the time of identification of Bru refugees conducted during November 2–23 last year, Mizoram officials identified 32,857 Bru people belonging to 5,413 families for physical repatriation.

-Newmai News Network

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