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Around 35,000 Bru refugees living in six relief camps at Kanchanpur sub-division of North Tripura district are originally from Mizoram.
Laldawngliana, who is now in Delhi along with other leaders of the MBDPF, said they were informed of the decision by officials of the home ministry.
The supply of foodgrains and relief material was stopped from October, ostensibly to compel the tribal migrants to return to their villages in Mizoram.
Of the over 32,000 refugees lodged in the relief camps, there are 12,014 voters – 9,149 of them from Mamit, 1,940 from Kolasib and 925 from Lunglei, all are districts in Mizoram.
R Laldawngliana, the vice president of Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum (MBDPF), said the community members were not keen on attending public meetings by parties from Mizoram.
The ruling congress in Mizoram is playing a silent role to win over Bru votes, said a leader of Bru camps.
From August 15 this year when the repatriation process started, only 45 of the 5,407 refugee families returned to Mizoram.
The notification was issued by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Panisagar in North Tripura district, Lalnemmemi Darlong.
In July, the Brus had signed an agreement on their repatriation with the Centre besides Tripura and Mizoram governments.
A total of 5,407 Bru families, who were displaced from Mizoram due to ethnic tension, have been living in various camps in Tripura since 1997.
The Centre has given a choice to Bru (Reang) refugees, lodged in relief camps in Tripura, to either go back to their villages in Mizoram or be ready to be denied free ration and other facilities.
The choice has made the refugees to think of going on the warpath. They are planning to launch a series of protests, particularly blockades on roads leading to Mizoram.
Centre said that each family would be given Rs 4 lakh to be kept in FD within 1-mth of repatriation. The refugees demand money in advance and insist that is kept in their savings account.
The Bru militancy was a reactionary movement against Mizo nationalist groups who had demanded in the mid-1990s that the Brus be left out of the state's electoral rolls.