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Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Northeast Today

Mizoram re-identifies 26,128 Bru refugees in 6 relief camps of Tripura

Mizoram re-identifies 26,128 Bru refugees in 6 relief camps of Tripura
July 23
11:24 2019

NET Bureau

Mizoram officials have re-identified 26,128 Bru refugees belonging to 4,278 families lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura district, state Home Secretary Lalbiakzama said on Monday.

The figure was not final as scrutiny would be held after a meeting with the officials, who returned from Tripura, the home secretary said.

Officials from Mamit, Kolasib and Lunglei districts conducted the head count to figure out who are willing to return to Mizoram, from where the Bru community people had fled to Tripura in 1997 due to ethnic unrest.

Lalbiakzama told that the officials undertook the second phase of identification from July 3 and completed the exercise within the timeframe of July 20. In the previous head count conducted in November last, 32,876 Brus belonging to 5,407 families were found in the relief camps in North Tripura district. Of them, only 33 families had returned during repatriation in 2018 and 5,374 Bru families were estimated to have been remaining in the relief camps. The re-identification was necessitated as there is a possibility of change in the number of people in the camps due to births and deaths, and availability of proper documents, official sources said.

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