Bru refugees repatriation: Indefinite shutdown call in North Tripura following protests

Agartala: An indefinite shutdown has been called in northern Tripura’s Kanchanpur subdivision as a protest against the state government’s decision to rehabilitate thousands of Bru refugees, who had fled from Mizoram 23 years ago following ethnic violence. The local authorities had imposed restrictions on assembly in the area after the refugees allegedly attacked 36 houses of non-tribals on Tuesday.

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The shutdown has been called by the Joint Movement Committee — an outfit comprising local Bengalis and Mizo people in Kanchanpur. They say the arrival of the refugees will disturb the ethnic harmony in the area.

A large contingent of security troops from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) has been deployed to deal with the situation, police sources said.

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On Wednesday, a man was seriously injured at Laxmipur village in an alleged attack from a Bru refugee, sources added.

Around 12-15 thousand supporters of the JMC defied the restrictions on assembly and organised protest rallies in front of government offices on Wednesday, the police said.  

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