Mizo student body disagrees with Bru refugee counts in Tripura

A prominent Mizoram student body today expressed doubt over the number of Bru ( or Reangs) refugees in six relief camps in North Tripura who fled the State and said the figure has to be reassessed.

The figure given by the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), which made a survey of Bru refugees, can not be accepted, a statement issued by the student federation, Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP) said.

According to MBDPF president Elvis Chorkhy, there were 31,703 Bru refugees belonging to 5,448 families in six relief camps in Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura district as per a re-survey conducted by the Bru body.

The refugees migrated to Tripura in 1997 and in 2009, due to communal tension created by killing of of two Mizos by Bru militants.

The Bru refugee is an interesting event for this now peaceful state of NE region. Once upon a time, Mizoram was one of the most disturbed area and it has the distinction of being only state in India which was bombed by Indian Air Force.

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