NCPCR team visit Tripura refugee camps

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Agartala, Sep 8 (UNI) Following the complains of Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network (AITPN) of not including 7000 children living in Bru refugee camps of North Tripura, a team of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR) conducted public hearing in the area today.

Official sources said NCPCR team arrived here last evening on a three-day visit.

A meeting is scheduled to be held tomorrow between them, Chief Secretary and other top officials of the state, sources informed.

Meanwhile, AITPN officials told UNI that it had conducted survey on Bru internally displaced families and found that more than 94 per cent of the camp inmates have documents issued by the authorities of Mizoram to prove their bonafide residence of Mizoram.

''We placed the record before the Supreme Court but neither Tripura nor central government ever attempted to verify the bonafide of the Brus to counter the lies of the Mizoram government,'' Santosh Chakma, legal officer of the AITPN pointed out.

Criticising Zoramthanga government, he underlined that Bru families had been forced to leave their home and hearths following the communal clashes in 1997 and it was established that the backward Bru tribes were physically tortured by the Mizo tribals and had evicted them from their ancestral home.

Despite persuasions, central government failed to accord approval for inclusion of 1514 children in the ration cards even after the recommendation of Tripura government way back in 2004, he alleged.

About 31,000 Bru families had to leave their homes in Mizoram following ethnic clashes in 1997 and took shelter in Tripura's Kanchanpur subdivision.

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