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[Resettlement-Accord For Bru Community] 'Matter Predominantly Socio-Political In Nature; Will Intervene At The Appropriate Stage', Tripura HC [Read Order]

Sparsh Upadhyay
2 Oct 2020 8:59 AM GMT
[Resettlement-Accord For Bru Community] Matter Predominantly Socio-Political In Nature; Will Intervene At The Appropriate Stage, Tripura HC [Read Order]
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The Tripura High Court on Monday (28th September) heard a Public Interest Petition, wherein the Counsel for the petitioner submitted before the Court, the concerns and anxiety of the petitioners regarding the full implementation of the resettlement accord of the displaced Bru community.

The Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talpatra prima facie observed that the issues raised by the Counsel for the petitioner are predominantly socio-political in nature.

Further the Court remarked,

"If at any stage, we find that the role of the Court in bringing about smooth implementation of the accord has arisen, we may consider intervening at the appropriate stage." (emphasis supplied)

For the time being, the matter was listed for further hearing on 07.12.2020.

About The Bru Community

The Brus, aka Reangs, are spread across Tripura, Mizoram and southern Assam. In Mizoram, they are scattered in Kolasib, Lunglei and Mamit districts. While many Brus of Assam and Tripura are Hindu, the Brus of Mizoram converted to Christianity over the years.

Clashes in 1995 with the majority Mizos led to the demand for the removal of the Brus, perceived to be non-indigenous, from Mizoram's electoral rolls.

This led to an armed movement by a Bru outfit, which killed a Mizo forest official in October 1997. The retaliatory ethnic violence saw more than 40,000 Brus fleeing to adjoining Tripura where they took shelter in six relief camps. (Source – The Hindu)

Resettlement-Accord Of Bru Community

Through this accord, Bru tribals, who are originally from Mizoram, and were living as refugees in Tripura since the year 1997, have been allowed to permanently settle in the State of Tripura (in case they wish to). This agreement would allow 30,000-35,000 Bru tribals to permanently settle in the state of Tripura.

A quadripartite agreement was signed in New Delhi on January 16 2020, among the Bru leaders, the Governments of India, the State of Tripura, and the State of Mizoram. This agreement will give the Brus, the choice of living in either of the states (Mizoram or Tripura).

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