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Meeting on Bru repatriation inconclusive

By The Assam Tribune

AIZAWL, Jan 10 - A meeting convened by the Union Home Ministry on the issue of repatriation of Brus in six relief camps in Tripura remained inconclusive, Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalmalsawma said.

The meeting held in New Delhi on Friday was chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi while the Tripura Chief Secretary was not present, Lalmalsawma said.

�We informed the Home Ministry officials that the Brus refused to return to Mizoram despite repeated arrangements made by Mizoram Government in the relief camps for the repatriation,� he said.

Mizoram Government expressed the opinion that it would be a futile exercise if more repatriation attempts are made in future, he said.

Lalmalsawma said the time or venue of the next meeting was not fixed to discuss the issue in future.

The last attempt to repatriate the Brus during June 2 to September 4 last year was a complete failure as not a single Bru appeared before the Mizoram officials in the six relief camps to be identified as bonafide residents of the State.

The arrangement was made to repatriate over 20,700 Brus belonging to 3,455 families who have fled from Mizoram due to ethnic clashes in the 1990s. � PTI

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