Agartala: Eight days after the indefinite road blockade started in North Tripura by Bru migrants living in relief camps, they withdrew their agitation today, after Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura Jishnu Deb Barman announced restoring of ration supplies to the camps. The supplies were stopped by the Government of India from October 1 this year, after the migrants refused to return to Mizoram under a repatriation package announced by the Centre.
“We have good news for you. We the state government have decided to provide ration to the Bru camps. Food will be supplied in the camps from tomorrow and will continue till November 30,” Deputy CM Deb barman told the migrants sitting on a road blockade in Dasda-Anandabazaar area.
Deb Barman said his government feels Bru migrants have their future in dignified repatriation and settlement in Mizoram. He also invited migrant leaders for a dialogue at Agartala to decide on a formula for their return.
Six migrants, including four infants died in the camps in the last eight days. Bru leaders have alleged these deaths were caused by starvation. At least 50 others were hospitalized after they collapsed due to exhaustion. Deputy CM Deb Barman, however, denied knowledge of starvation deaths in the camps.