However, for security reasons, the rest did not remain as it was. The traffic jams took place on 16 January with the signing of the four-year agreement between the governments of Bru, the Ministry of the Interior and the Tripura and Mizoram governments. « There were many families in Bengal who were also affected by the expulsion of the Brus. As the Brus arrived and settled in Tripura, the Bengalis had to evacuate the territories. The agreement will also help them, » Sarma said. We would like to stress once again that, in principle, we are not opposed to the four-party agreement of Brussels on settlements signed in New Delhi on 16 January 2020. However, we maintain our logical view that an equitable distribution of families in all districts and subdivisions (of Tripura) is essential to avoid negative social, cultural, political, environmental and environmental consequences on our Kanchanpur sub-division, » said Susanta Bikas Barua, JMC organizer. The four-year agreement signed by the Centre, the governments of Tripura and Mizoram and various Bru refugee associations include residential land in Tripura for each displaced family in addition to 4 lakhs on fixed bail, $5,000 per month for two years, free rations for two years and $1.5,000,000 for house building. But the recent agreement, which allowed the Brus who refused to evacuate the relief camps to settle permanently in Tripura, meant that those who returned to Mizoram felt discriminated against. « Due to ethnic tensions in Mizoram, about 34,000 people had to live in tents in Tripura under human conditions. During all these years, no solution could be found. In 2018, an agreement was signed and a package was sanctioned, but many people did not want to return to Mizoram.
Only 328 families returned. Negotiations were restarted following the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Displaced people will be permanently settled in Tripura, » Shah said in the presence of Tripura`s Chief Minister, Biplab Kumar Deb and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga. The agreement included a proposal by Tripura`s leader, Minsiter Kumar Deb, and the royal spy Manikya Debbarma to rehabilitate the Brus in Tripura instead of sending them back to Mizoram. A four-page agreement in New Delhi on 16 January allowed some 35,000 members of the Bru tribe, driven out of the Mizoram and refugees in Tripura since 1997, to settle permanently in Tripura. The Centre, the governments of Tripura and mizoram, as well as representatives of Bru organizations, signed the agreement in the presence of the Union`s Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah. The « solution » elicited mixed reactions in which human rights defenders feared « legitimize » the expulsion of minority communities by ethnocentric states. However, the displaced brus want the government to respect the agreement and place them in clusters of at least 500 families.
The agreement to colonize about 35,000 tribal peoples from Bru to Tripura and not to Mizoram, from where they were driven out, could promote the creation of ethnocentric states in the northeast, law activists said.