Brus clash with locals leaves 13 tribals injured in North Tripura district
In a conflict between displaced Bru people from Mizoram and locals near Casco Bru camp in North Tripura district, thirteen tribal people were injured, police said on Tuesday.
Bhanupada Chakraborty, the police chief of the district said, a group of displaced Bru people from neighbouring Mizoram, who were sheltered at the camp in Damcherra block had opened shops on the roadside, to which the local people belonging to Charai and Halam communities had objected.
"The owners did not agree to close the shops leading to a heated exchange of words," Chakraborty said.
Following arguments, the Brus and the local tribals clashed using sticks and 'dao' (matchet) on Sunday leaving 13 people injured, the police informed.
"Police fired in the air and resorted to baton charge to bring the situation under control. The injured were admitted to a local hospital," Chakraborty said, adding that extra forces have been deployed in the area.
As many as 30,000 displaced Bru tribals have been living in Tripura relief camps after they fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes between Bru and Mizo communities, are now permanently settled in Tripura.
Officials said, the process for rehabilitating the Brus started early this year and many of them were rehabilitated in different parts of the state.
(With inputs from agencies)
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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