Union Home Minister has presided over the signing of a quadripartite pact of the MHA with the State governments of Tripura, Mizoram and leaders of Bru community to permanently settle to internally displaced Bru people in Tripura.

About the Bru people

The Brus community is also known as Reangs.

These people are scattered across the states of Assam, Mizoram and Tripura.

In the state of Mizoram, they inhabit small pockets of Mamit, Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts.

However, the biggest chunk is in Mamit bordering North Tripura district of Tripura.

What is the conflict between the Mizos and the Brus?

A conflict with the majority Mizos in 1995 made influential organisations like the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (students’ union) demand that the Brus, labelled a non-indigenous tribe, be deleted from Mizoram’s electoral rolls.

This led to an armed movement by the extremist Bru National Liberation Front, which killed a Mizo forest official on October 21, 1997.

Many Bru villages were burnt down and allegedly raped and killed.

Thousands of Brus fled to North Tripura where they were given shelter in six relief camps, three each in the Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions.

Most of the refugees were from Mamit and a few from Kolasib and Lunglei.

Topic- GS Paper 2 –Governance

Source- The Hindu

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