Silchar, Oct. 1: The process of self-repatriation of Bru refuges began yesterday under the supervision of the Tripura government with 558 homeless members of the community arriving at two facilitation centres in Mizoramís Mamit district.
Mamit deputy commissioner V. Lalremthanga today told this correspondent over phone that the schedule for the next phase of repatriation is likely to be decided soon. He said at least 120 Bru refugee families are expected to arrive at the two facilitation centres in Mizoramís bordering villages of Kanhmun and Zomuantlang this month.
These Bru refugees were the victims of an ethnic riot in November 1997. Even after several attempts by both Tripura and Mizoram governments for the past 16 years, no major headway could be made in their repatriation to Mizoram. Only about 3,000 refugees could make it back to Mizoram since 2009.
The delay and uncertainty in their repatriation was caused by the Aizawl administrationís insistence on accepting only the bona fide inhabitants of Mizoram after proper verification.