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Bru body slams Mizoram government over re-identification

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Bru body slams Mizoram government over re-identification

Aizawl: Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), an apex body of displaced Bru families in Tripura on Tuesday blamed the Mizoram government for abruptly aborting re-identification process.

During 16 to 18 August, Mizoram officials conducted identification of Bru families whether or not they are willing to return to Mizoram. The officials also conducted re-identification of those families who have been left out during identification process in 2016.

The Bru body alleged that inmates of relief camps were reluctant to turn up for identification as the Mizoram officials declared publicly that they came for collection of names of those who were willing to repatriate on 25 August and to conduct re-verification of those who were already identified in 2016 at first followed by re-identification of those families, who have been left out in 2016, which was against the term of agreement made by the joint monitoring group on 10 August in Tripura.

A leader of MBDPF told zoramobserver.com that the inmates were of the opinion that repatriation should start only after the completion some works to be carried out by the centre and government of Mizoram and Tripura.

He said that the Bru body on Monday wrote to Union Home secretary Rajiv Gauba informing him that the Bru tribal were willing to return after completion of the ongoing process of updating Aadhaar, population, opening of bank accounts, re-identification of left out families, conducting socio-economic caste census, revision of Bru rolls in relief camps.

In a letter addressing to the home secretary, the Bru body said that it had appealed to all the inmates to turn up during the identification process during 16 to 18 August.

However, the inmates could not turn up for the identification because they were busy with updating Aadhar, saving accounts and other important documents, the Bru body also said.

It alleged that the Mizoram government was acted against the August 10 agreement as per which the left out families should be identified first.

The MBDPF also alleged that the Mizoram officials refused to give identification slip or acknowledge slip to the inmates like before they received in 2016.

It further alleged that the officials did not want to issue any verification slip to the left out families, who were also not informed whether or not they have been accepted or rejected.

 The Bru body informed Gauba that although they have appealed to the refugees to turn for identification, the Mizoram officials suddenly stopped the process and left for Mizoram at11:50 am on 18 August due to which inmates could not turn up for identification.

Claiming that the inmates were willing to turn up for identification, the Bru leaders have recently met Tripura officials and asked them to inform the government of Mizoram to re-conduct identification.

During identification process from 16 to 18 August, Mizoram officials identified that only 2,560 out of  32,857 Bru tribal lodging at six relief camps in Tripura have expressed their willingness to return to Mizoram.

All the willing inmates comprising 394 families were from Kaskau camp, the nearest relief camp from Mizoram, officials said.

Of  the identified 2,560 Bru tribals, 2,366 people including 697 children comprising 367 families will return to Mamit district, while 194 people including 36 children from 27 families will return to Kolasib district, they said.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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