The agreement included a proposal by Tripura`s leader, Minsiter Kumar Deb, and the royal spy Manikya Debbarma to rehabilitate the Brus in Tripura instead of sending them back to Mizoram. “The new agreement would not encourage a Bru family to go to Tripura because we feel safe here. But there are differences between the package proposed to Brus, which was repatriated to Mizoram, and those that would be settled permanently in Tripura after refusing to be repatriated,” said Elvis Chorkhy, chairman of the Bru Coordination Committee, which represented the Mizoram Brus. The four-year agreement was signed last January between the Bru groups, the Centre and the governments of the states of Mizoram and Tripura in New Delhi. However, the displaced brus want the government to respect the agreement and place them in clusters of at least 500 families. Union Interior Minister Amit Shah with Tripura`s Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb (right) and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga (left) at the signing of an agreement on the permanent installation of 40,000 displaced burning tribes in Tripura, New Delhi, on January 16, 2020. | Proof of the photo: PTI The agreement of four signed by the Centre, the governments of Tripura and Mizoram and various refugee organizations of Bru includes residential land in Tripura for each displaced family in addition to 4 Lakh as a fixed deposit, 5,000 USD per month for two years, free rations for two years and 1.5 Lakh for the construction of houses. “Due to ethnic tensions in Mizoram, about 34,000 people had to live in tents in Tripura under human conditions. During all these years, no solution could be found. In 2018, an agreement was signed and a package was sanctioned, but many people did not want to return to Mizoram. Only 328 families returned. Negotiations were restarted following the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Displaced people will be permanently settled in Tripura,” Shah said in the presence of Tripura`s Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga.
A four-page agreement in New Delhi on 16 January allowed some 35,000 members of the Bru tribe, driven out of the Mizoram and refugees in Tripura since 1997, to settle permanently in Tripura. The Centre, the governments of Tripura and mizoram, as well as representatives of Bru organizations, signed the agreement in the presence of the Union`s Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah. The “solution” elicited mixed reactions in which human rights defenders feared “legitimize” the expulsion of minority communities by ethnocentric states. But the recent agreement, which allowed the Brus who refused to evacuate the relief camps to settle permanently in Tripura, meant that those who returned to Mizoram felt discriminated against. “The interference of Kanchanpur Nagarik Suraksha Mancha and mizo Convention in the selection of sites is totally unjustified, as it is not part of the quadrangle agreement or signatories,” the three Bru organizations said in a letter to the North Tripura district police chief on 3 August. Mr. Deb is committed to expediting the rehabilitation process. “We have already decided to implement the four-way agreement and the package offered to the Brus,” he told the presenters. The agreement reached on Thursday between the Centre, the governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the leaders of the Bru organizations allowed those who withdrew to relocate to Tripura.