The agreement to settle about 35,000 Bru tribal peoples in Tripura and not in Mizoram, from where they were driven out, could foster the creation of ethnocentric states in the northeast, human rights activists said. The four-page agreement signed by the Centre, the governments of Tripura and De Mizoram and various refugee organisations in Bru provides for residential land in Tripura for each displaced family, in addition to 4 Lakh as fixed currency, ₹5,000 per month for two years, free rations for two years and ₹1.5 Lakh for house construction. The agreement contained a proposal by Tripura minsiter Biplab chief Kumar Deb and the state`s royal offspring, Prodyot Manikya Debbarma, to rehabilitate the Brus in Tripura instead of letting them return to Mizoram. The rest, however, stayed and refused to move for security reasons. The stalemate in repatriation ended with the signing on 16 January of the four-page agreement between representatives of the Brus, the Ministry of the Interior and the Tripura and Mizoram governments. But the recent agreement, which allowed the Brus, who refused to leave the aid camps, to settle permanently in Tripura, has led those who have returned to Mizoram to feel discriminated against. However, displaced Brus want the government to respect the agreement and install it in groups of at least 500 families. „The interference of kanchanpur Nagarik Suraksha Mancha and Mizo Convention [main elements of JMC] in the selection of sites is totally unjustified, as they are not part of the four-page agreement nor are they signatories,“ the three Bru organizations said in a letter to the Superintendent of Police of North Tripura District on August 3. „Due to ethnic tensions in Mizoram, around 34,000 people have been forced to live in tents in Tripura in inhumane conditions.
During all these years, no solution could be found. In 2018, an agreement was signed and a package was sanctioned, but many people did not want to return to Mizoram. Only 328 families withdrew. At the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, negotiations have resumed. The displaced people will be permanently settled in Tripura,“ Shah said in the presence of Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister of Tripura, and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga. Union Home Minister Amit Shah with tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb (right) and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga (left) at the signing, on January 16, 2020, of an agreement on the permanent settlement of 40,000 displaced Bru tribes in Tripura, New Delhi, on January 16, 2020. | Photo: PTI More than 35,000 Brus, driven out in Mizoram since 1997 due to ethnic violence, are currently in seven relief camps in these two sub-sections. Refugee leaders in January signed a four-page agreement with the Centre and the Mizoram and Tripura governments for rehabilitation in Tripura, instead of returning to „insecurity“ in Mizoram. Mr. Deb pledged to accelerate the rehabilitation process. „We have already taken a decision to implement the four-page agreement and the package proposed to the Brus,“ he told news anchors. The four-page agreement was signed last January between the Bru groups, the centre and the national governments of Mizoram and Tripura in New Delhi.
„There were many Bengali families who were also affected by the eviction of the Brus. As the Brus arrived and settled in Tripura, the Bengals had to leave the territories. The deal will help them too,“ Sarma said. We would like to stress that, in principle, we are not opposed to the four-page bilateral agreement signed in New Delhi on 16 January 2020. However, we maintain our logical position that an equitable distribution of families in all districts and subdivisions (of Tripura) is essential to avoid negative social, cultural, political, environmental and environmental repercussions on our Kanchanpur subdivision,“ said JMC-Convenor Susanta Bikas Barua. . . .