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Singhla to visit Bru refugee camp in Tripura
Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Dec 5 - Before pushing for final leg of repatriation of Bru refugees sheltered in six relief camps, Special Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs (Internal Security) Mahesh Kumar Singhla would be arriving Kanchanpur on Tuesday.

The agenda of the visit is to feel the pulse of inmates of refugee camps in Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions of North district, according to sources.

Singhla would arrive at Kanchanpur from Itanagar by a MHA chopper around 11.30 am and is scheduled to visit Naisingpara camp for interaction with Bru refugees.

“Singhla is expected to interact with refugee people at Naisingpara refugee camp to know their views before final leg of repatriation to their homeland – Mizoram”, said MBDPF general secretary Bruno Mshe over telephone from Naisingpara refugee camp today. The Special Secretary will stay the night at Naisingpara camp to feel the adversities faced by over 32,000 Bru people, he said.

On December 7, Singhla will have a meeting with District Magistrate North district Dr Sandeep Mahatme to know the preparation for the proposed repatriation of Bru refugees.

Earlier, Singhla had chaired the third meeting of Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) in Delhi where all major stakeholders were present.

Mizoram Government officials informed that there was increase in refugee population staying in six camps established by Tripura Government. Over 32,000 Bru people have been identified as bona fide citizens of Mizoram who are staying in six relief camps since 1997.

To ensure resettlement of all the genuine Bru people, Mizoram Government will have to identify more villages to accommodate all the repatriated people. There has been indication that repatriation of Reang refugees to Mizoram would start in January next year, not in December as planned by MHA.

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