Mizoram parties asked not to visit Bru Camps for Poll Campaigns

PTI File photo of Bru Refugees

By Yatamanyu Narain

Aizwal: The apex body of Bru refugees in Tripura has appealed to political parties in Mizoram not to visit the relief camps for poll campaigns. The elections are scheduled to take place on November 28.

“The community members are not at all interested in attending the public meetings by political parties from Mizoram.” said R Laldawngliana, the vice president of Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF).

Thousands of Bru community members fled Mizoram and took shelter in Tripura after ethnic clashes in 1997. Violence broke out when Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) militants killed a forest official.

The Centre, in association with the governments of Mizoram and Tripura, had been trying to repatriate the displaced Brus in phases. Several families has returned to Mizoram but there are many others who are hesitant to leave Tripura due to security reasons.

Bruno Msha, general secretary of the outfit said that unorganized campaigns by political parties could escalate law-and-order situation. The political parties need to approach the MBDPF leadership if they wish to carry out campaigns in the region.

“If any political party wishes to hold a public rally, it should get in touch with the MBDPF leadership. We do not wish to create any law-and-order situation in the camps, where one group could be pitted against another,” Msha said.