Mizoram begins hearing claims of Brus left out of citizen list

first_imgAizawl: Officials on Tuesday began hearing the claims and objections of 260 displaced Brus, whose names were excluded from the list of Mizoram’s bonafide citizens during an identification process in July, state home secretary Lalbiakzama said.Altogether, 26,128 Brus, lodged in six relief camps of neighbouring Tripura, have made it to the list, he said. Over the next one week, officials from three districts of Mizoram will be hearing the pleas of those excluded from the list, Lalbiakzama stated. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Most of them are willing to return to Mizoram from Tripura’s relief camps, but “hardliners and anti-repatriation organisations” may dissuade them from doing so, he claimed. The district officials will prepare a final list after a thorough verification of the claims and objections, Lalbiakzama said. “A total of 350 names were excluded from the list, but 90 names were cleared after a scrutiny in Aizawl. The final list will be prepared after a thorough verification of the claims,” the home secretary said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThousands of Brus fled to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of a communal tension triggered by the killing of a forest guard by militants inside Dampa Tiger Reserve . The Centre and the governments of Mizoram and Tripura have made multiple attempts to repatriate the Brus to their home state since 2009, but majority of them stayed back in the relief camps, citing inadequate rehabilitation package. The government has promised to deposit Rs 4 lakh in the bank account of every repatriated family. It has also assured a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh as housing assistance, free ration and Rs 5000 for other expenses for two years.last_img

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