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REANG REFUGEES IN KANCHANPUR SUB-DIVISION.
A large number of Reang (Bru) families living in Mizoram started arriving
in Kanchanpur Sub-Division under North Tripura District since 29/10/1997. The
influx continued mainly for about an year covering period from 29th
October, 1997 to end of September, 1998. These
Reang Refugees had come in groups. As per initial reporting total population of
Refugees was 35,178 persons including children. After setting up of Relief Camps
an exercise of verification of population and relevant records was organised to
a process of Head Counting.
REASON FOR EXODUS
reasons for the exodus from Mizoram, as stated by the displaced families are as
The demand raised by the Reang (Bru) community for exclusive Autonomous
District Council for them was resisted by majority Mizo community of the State,
which had resulted threatening and intimation.
Killing of Mizo Forest Officer by some miscreants on 29/10/1997, which
resulted retaliation from Mizo community.
Traditional rivalry from
ORIGINAL HABITATION OF
THE REFUGEES AT MIZORAM
of the Reang Refugees who took shelter under the above exodus were originally resident of
about 100 habitations in Mammit Sub-Division of Aizawl District. Important
habitations from where they came in large numbers are Hrengdil, Darlak, Bunghnum,
Taidor, Mathuampara, Dintharpara, Malthuampra and Tumpanglui. A few families
from Lunglei district of Mizoram and adjoining areas of Assam also migrated and
LOCATION OF RELIEF CAMPS
IN NORTH TRIPURA
Refugees were provided shelter in 6 Relief Camps in two areas –one on the
western side of Jampui Hills in the nearby areas of Dasda –Anandabazar road
and on the eastern side of Jampui Hill in the nearby areas of
Damcherra-Khedacherra road. Most
populus camp is at Kashirampur (Naishingpara).
Other camps are Longtharaikami (Ashapara), Hezacherra (all in Dasda
Anandabazar road), Kaskau, Hamsapara, Khakchang (all are in Damcherra –Khedacherra
IMPLICATIONS OF CONTINUED PRESENCE
OF THE REFUGEES
presence of around 36000 extra population in the Sub-Division (about 25% of
total population of the Sub-Division) has
created additional burden and problem from administrative, social and economic
point of view. Local administration is under severe strain for attending relief
works. The effort by the Govt. of India for repatriation of these 36000 Reang
Migrants has so far suffered due to a new controversy and hurdle on question of
the residential status of these Reang migrants sheltered in North Tripura.
To overcome such controversy and maintain transparency, District Administration of North Tripura with the help of NIC North Tripura District centre, has created a computerized database of Reang Migrants and made all Reang data along with their family photo available in their district website (http://northtripura.gov.in/).