Mizo repatriation stalled as tension mounts in refugee camp over woman’s death

Mizo repatriation stalled as tension mounts in refugee camp over woman’s death

Agency News

Agartala, Oct 10 : The death of a 33-year-old Bru woman in a Mizoram village bordering Tripura has triggered communal tension between Bru refugees settled in six camps of North Tripura and Mizo tribes for last three days and stalled repatriation of the refugees.

According to reports, the women sheltered in Ashapara refugee camp in Kanchanpur showed black flags to officials of Mizoram, who came with 20 buses to take back the refugees willing to shift back to Mizoram on Oct 7 last, and raised their old demands including separate autonomous district council (ADC) for Brus.

The demonstrators gheraoed Mizoram officials for long time. Later, the police rescued the officials and sent them back with empty vehicles.

The Bru families alleged that Linda Reang (33), who had married one Vanlalbela of Thinghlun village in Mamit district of Western Mizoram about two years ago, died after being tortured for two months by her husband on racial consideration.

“Linda was set on fire by her husband Vanlalbela on Oct 5 last and she was burnt alive. The couple didn't have any problem except racial issue. She had been tortured in several occasions after being blamed her as minority and anti-Mizo. Not only her husband even the Mizo villagers had also ill-treated her publicly for being Bru,” alleged Lazimatrai Reang, a Bru inmate of Ashapara camp.

The Bru inmates also complained that local police has also registered the case as an accident just to save the accused.

A day after Linda's death, Mizoram officials arrived on October 7 morning to repatriate about 800 odd willing refugees to Bru settlers' village. But the inmates made Linda’s death an issue to stop the process of repatriation. (UNI)