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Mizoram NGOs say Brus should not return after deadline

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Mizoram NGOs say Brus should not return after deadline

Aizawl: NGO Co-Ordination Committee, a conglomerate of all major civil society organisations and student bodies in Mizoram on Thursday warned that the Bru families, who were stubbornly reluctant to return from Tripura during repatriation exercise, should not come back to Mizoram after the deadline.

The repatriation of over 32,800 Bru people belonging to 5,407 families lodged at six relief camps in Tripura which began from August has expired on 30 September.  

During the two month long repatriation, more than 30 families have returned to Mizoram.

NGO Co-Ordination Committee chairman Vanlalruata said that the meeting of major NGOs on Tuesday resolved that the stubborn Bru families should not return to Mizoram after the deadline and asked the Centre and government of Mizoram and Tripura to act according to the quadripartite agreement reached on July 3.

The Co-ordination also appealed to the state government to honour its promise and take immediate action in deleting Bru voters, living in Tripura, from Mizoram electoral roll.

Earlier the state government had promised that all Bru voters, who are reluctant to return to Mizoram would be deleted from state’s electoral roll.

Taking strong exception to the Bru people for being reluctant to return from Tripura, the NGO Co-ordination committee appealed to all political parties in the state not to conduct election campaign at relief camps in Tripura in view of the coming assembly poll.

Meanwhile, a press statement issued by the committee re-appealed to all political parties not to field any Chakma candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Earlier, the NGO co-ordination committee had asked all political parties not to make Chakma people as their official candidate.

Some political parties like Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) which are now under  the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) alliance had accepted the appeal and refused to field Chakma candidates.

Branding the Chakmas as non-indigenous, the co-ordination said they (Chakmas) have no political right to contest election in Mizoram.

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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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