By Adam Halliday
Aizawl, Jun 16 : Following zero response in Tripura’s Kaskau relief camp, Mizoram officials who began camping at Khakchangpara on Monday to verify displaced Brus who want to return home have found none turning up there either.
Mamit District Deputy Commissioner Vanlalngaihsaka said no one has turned up at the counter set up by a team of officials led by Additional DC Lalbiaksangi at the Khahchangpara relief camp.
The team will, however, remain there till June 18 as planned.
According to the roadmap prepared for the last and final repatriation process for displaced Bru tribals, anyone who wants to return home to Mizoram has to report at the special counters set up at the camps.
If they pass the verification process (to determine whether or not they lived in Mizoram before 1997), the state government would provide transportation for them to return to the state from Tripura and resettle them in selected villages where they will be allotted land and given compensation packages.
None had turned up during the verification process at Kaskau between June 2 and 4, where more than 1100 inmates are on Mizoram’s electoral rolls (a sign they are likely eligible to be repatriated).
Khakchangpara has about 350 adults whose names are on Mizoram’s electoral rolls.
Tens of thousands of Bru tribals fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic violence between them and the majority Mizos following the murder of a Mizo official by Bru militants.