Bru repatriation: 48 Bru families sent to Mizoram on Day 1

Aizawl: With the final round of repatriation starting, only 199 Bru tribals belonging to 48 families living in four transit camps of Tripura left for Mizoram in the first batch on Thursday. The number may increase as the second batch of Bru tribals is expected to leave on Monday.

Initially, four families from Kaskaupara were to settle at New Eden area of Mizoram’s Mamit district. However, following their request to allow them to settle at Bawrai in Mamit district, the authorities concerned allowed them to settle in the area. Apart from Kaskaupara, the other three camps from where the Brus are leaving for Mizoram are Khakchangpara, Naisingpara and Hazachera.

Meanwhile, the Centre has announced a package of Rs 350 crore for the ninth phase of repatriation of Bru tribals to Mizoram. According to the compensation package, each family that returns to Mizoram will be given Rs 4 lakh in cash; Rs 1.5 lakh for building houses; free ration facilities for two years; and monthly stipend of Rs 5,000 for a period of two years.

Considered as the “final” round of repatriation of Bru refugees housed in six relief camps of Tripura to Mizoram, the ongoing exercise ran into rough weather after community leaders decided not to return to their homes till their demands were met.