AIZAWL, Oct 23 - Eighty-two people belonging to 19 Bru families living in relief camps in Tripura left for their home State, Mizoram, today during the ongoing repatriation, officials said here.
With this, a total of 148 Bru families have been repatriated since the ninth round of the exercise, which is termed as the �final� repatriation, began on October 3.
Altogether 4,447 displaced Bru families, lodged in the relief camps at Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions of North Tripura district, are scheduled to return to Mizoram from where they had fled since 1997 following ethnic clashes.
The Bru community, also called Reangs, is among the 21 STs in the country. They are scattered across Assam, Mizoram and Tripura.
The 19 families repatriated to Mamit district today include 16 families who returned on their own without availing of the transport provided by the State Government, Mizoram Home Department officials said.
These 82 people, including 32 minors, were lodged in Naisingpara, Asapara and Hazacherra relief camps and they would be resettled in nine villages of Mamit district, the officials added. � PTI