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Brus reject resettlement site offer 

6th August, 2020 Society

Context: Three organisations representing the Bru community displaced from Mizoram have rejected the sites proposed by the Joint Movement Committee (JMC), an umbrella group of non-Brus in Tripura, for their resettlement.


  • The JMC comprising the Bengali, Mizo, Buddhist Barua and other communities had on July 21 submitted a memorandum to the Tripura government specifying six places in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions of North Tripura district for the resettlement of the Brus, who fled ethnic violence in Mizoram since 1997.
  • The quadrilateral agreement was signed among the Bru groups, the Centre and the State governments of Mizoram and Tripura in New Delhi in January this year.
  • The three refugee groups insisted on resettling some 6,500 families in clusters of at least 500 families at each of the sites of their choice —seven in North Tripura district and five in the adjoining Dhalai district.

Bru Community:

  • Reang (aka Bru in Mizoram) are one of the 21 scheduled tribes of the Indian state of Tripura. The Bru can be found all over the Tripura state in India.
  • However, they may also be found in Mizoram and Assam. They speak the Reang dialect of Kokborok language, which is of Tibeto-Burmese origin and is locally referred to as Kau Bru.