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Tripura: Protests in opposition to Bru rehab flip violent, one killed in police firing

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GUWAHATI: One individual was killed whereas 5 others had been injured in Tripura on Saturday when the police opened hearth on the protestors who enforced a bandh opposing the choice of the state authorities and the Centre to rehabilitate displaced Brus (Reangs) within the state.

The incident was reported from the Panisagar sub-division in North Tripura district. Official sources stated because the scenario was tense, numerous safety personnel had rushed to Panisagar in addition to Kanchanpur sub-division, additionally in North Tripura district.

When the protests on Saturday turned ugly, the police initially used batons and fired tear fuel shells to quell the protestors however they retaliated prompting the personnel to open hearth by which a youth was killed and 5 others had been injured. In keeping with unverified stories, a jawan was additionally killed.

“The agitation was in Kanchanpur. They needed to shift it to the nationwide freeway in Panisagar. There was some violence. We’re bringing in additional forces. Hopefully, it is not going to escalate,” Panisagar sub-divisional Justice of the Peace Lalnunnemi Darlong stated.

There was simmering rigidity at Kanchanpur ever for the reason that Joint Motion Committee (JMC), a gaggle comprising Bengalis and Mizos, had enforced an indefinite bandh on Monday. Later, the stress escalated to Panisagar and different adjoining areas of Kanchanpur.

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Not too long ago, the JMC had petitioned the state’s BJP-led authorities opposing the proposed settlement of 4,900 Bru households or round 34,000 individuals in Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions. They feared the settlement of such numerous individuals of their areas would trigger social imbalance.

Re-emphasizing that they don’t seem to be in opposition to the quadripartite Bru settlement settlement, signed on January 16 this yr, they’d insisted on equitable distribution of the households in all districts and sub-divisions to keep away from unfavorable social, cultural, political, environmental, and ecological impacts.

Allegations galore the district authorities had taken no measures to defuse the stress. The scenario worsened after some tribal refugees had allegedly attacked a non-tribal pump operator and brought away the livestock of some non-tribal households.

The authorities had clamped prohibitory orders underneath Part 144 of the CrPC however over 10,000 locals have been staging the protests outdoors authorities workplaces and markets in Kanchanpur since Monday. Official sources stated the federal government was but to finalise the places and the variety of refugees to be rehabilitated in Kanchanpur.

Over 40,000 Brus had fled their properties in Mizoram in 1997 within the wake of inter-community riots. Ever since then, they’ve been dwelling in seven aid camps in Tripura. Regardless of a number of repatriation processes, solely round 5,000 of them returned to Mizoram. As per the quadripartite settlement, signed amongst Centre, Bru leaders, and Tripura and Mizoram governments, the displaced individuals shall be rehabilitated in Tripura.


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