More than 2,000 Bru voters were deleted from the state voter rolls | Popgen Tech


Aizawl: The names of over 2,000 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 Monday.

Mizoram Joint Chief Electoral Officer David Liansanglura Pachuau said that the state election department has received corresponding requests for more than 3000 names from its Tripura counterpart so far.

In this, the names of 2,091 Bru voters have been removed from the voter list of Mizoram so far and deletion of the remaining voters will continue, he said.

He said that the Bru voters, who were resettled in Tripura after they failed to return to Mizoram during repatriation, were from nine assembly constituencies in three districts.

Among the ineligible Bru voters, 1,643 were from Mamit district bordering Tripura, 187 from Kolasib district bordering Assam and the remaining 262 from 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).

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 resettle for ever. in Tripura.


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