More than 30,000 people belonging to the Bru community, who fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, are set to be repatriated to Mizoram, the Union Home Ministry said on Tuesday.

As many as 32,876 people of the Reang tribe (known as Brus in Mizoram) will be repatriated from Tripura to Mizoram following a tripartite agreement signed by the two State governments and the Centre, the Ministry said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh described the agreement as a “major breakthrough in repatriation of displaced Bru persons.”

Mizoram goes to polls later this year. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the agreement was “historic”.

“Each Bru family will be given one time financial assistance of Rs. 4 lakh to be kept in fixed deposit in name of head of the family within one month of repatriation. Each family will be given assistance of Rs. 5,000 per month along with free ration for two years. A house building assistance of Rs. 1.5 lakh is to be disbursed,” Mr. Deb said on Twitter.

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