Aizawl: The names of 1,908 Bru voters out of over 11,000 from Mizoram have been deleted from the state’s electoral roll after their registration in neighboring Tripura’s electoral roll, an election official said on Tuesday.
Mizoram Joint Chief Electoral Officer David Liansanglura Pachuau said the Bru voters, who were resettled in Tripura after failing to return to Mizoram during repatriation, came from nine assembly constituencies in three districts.
Of the 1,908 Bru voters whose names were deleted, 1,550 are from Mamit district bordering Tripura, 187 from Kolasib district bordering Assam and the remaining 171 are residents of Lunglei district in the southern part of the state, he said.
He said the deletion was done based on the corresponding request sent by the Tripura election department through the Electoral Roll Officer Net (ERONet).
Sources said that the Tripura government has enrolled more than 5,000 Bru voters in its voter list.
Pachuau said they have asked their counterparts in Tripura to speed up the registration of Bru voters in the state’s voter list as Mizoram is due for assembly polls next year. Thousands of Bru voters fled to Tripura after ethnic tensions sparked by the 1997 killing of a Mizo forest officer by former Bru militants.
Since then they have been living in transit camps for more than two decades.
The first repatriation attempt in November 2009 not only resulted in the massacre of a Mizo village by Bru militants, but also triggered another round of exodus. The Center and the governments of Mizoram and Tripura made at least 9 attempts to repatriate the Bru tribes to Tripura between 2009 and 2019.
On January 16, 2020, the Centre, the governments of Mizoram and Tripura and representatives of various Bru organizations signed an agreement, according to which more than 35,000 displaced Bru tribes, who were reluctant to return to Mizoram during repatriation, were allowed to re- stale forever. in Tripura.
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