Tension runs high along North Tripura border against ‘Bru’ settlement
By Our Correspondent, 21/11/2020, Agartala

Soon after the protest along Tripura-Mizoram border at Kanchanpur in North district against proposed ‘Bru’ settlement turned violent with clash between police and civilians mainly the agitators on Saturday morning, the Tripura government has ordered for a magisterial enquiry into the incident. At least one person of 45 years old was allegedly shot dead and several others were injured, five seriously, in North Tripura as police allegedly opened fire at a group of people protesting in support of an indefinite bandh, or shutdown, against rehabilitation of Bru refugees on Saturday.

The locals mainly of the agitators at Panisagar are also learnt to have discovered an attack upon the police personnel which perhaps resulted the police take prompt action against them. At least 3 police personnel including a lady constable sustained serious injury today.Meanwhile, BJP MLA also the state social welfare minister Santana Chakma rushed to the incident spot and talked to the agitator group following which the blockade at National Highway-8, said BJP spokes person Nabendu Bhattacharjee.

Several local organisations under the Joint Movement Committee (JMC) were protesting against the resettlement of Bru-Reang refugees in Kanchanpur sub-division and they had demanded that the state government resettle the members of the displaced community equally among Tripura’s eight districts. They had also called for a districtwide shutdown on November 16. However, in view of the violence, a huge contingent of security forces, including troopers of the Tripura State Rifles, has been mobilised in Panisagar and neighbouring Kanchanpur areas which remain tense, police added.