AGARTALA | Nov 19, 2019:
In the letter, he mentioned that in accordance to the Rajmala, the Bru community stand long with historical ties to the royal house of Tripura.
Pradyot said that the displacement of Brus commenced in the mid 1970’s, when the now-defunct Dumbur Hydel Power Project was being initiated.
However, these people were forced out at the behest of the state as they could not provide any legal documents and were forced to leave the land.
Later, they were further forced to move to the east and west inter alia into the state of Mizoram and Assam.
Futhermore, during the mid 80’s to the early part of mid 90’s, the Brus were forced to leave the state due ethnic clash and were forced to settle in the neighbouring state of Mizoram, where due to religious differences these people were forced to move out from Mizoram as well.
In the letter, Pradyot also mentioned that due to the stoppage of ration supply at the refugee camps by both the State and Central Government, six people from the camp has died during this impasse.
He added that Tripura has always provided shelter to refugee. In regards to this, he wrote that Rajmata Kanchanprabha Devi, his grandmother, gave her name Kanchanpur to the town were persecuted Hindu Bengalis hitherto settled who were displaced refugee from East Pakistan.
“It would be highly ironic if our own indigenous people are now forced to leave the state because of the sordid political mechanization of certain interested parties” Pradyot said.
According to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement published by the UN, our country has certain obligations towards these Indigenous people, he added.
He has appealed the government for the resettlement of Bru community within the state and also to provide basic amenities to them.