Bru refugees
Bengali families taking shelter in a school in Kanchanpur after attack on them by Bru refugees

Section 144 has been imposed for an indefinite period in Kanchanpur in North Tripura district after Bru refugees allegedly attacked a water supply operator.

The victim, Subal Dey was mercilessly attacked by a group of Bru refugees on Tuesday while he had gone to switch on the water supply near the BBC Bazar.

Locals rushed him to the nearest hospital, from where he was shifted to the North Tripura District hospital at Dharmanagar.

The tension in Kanchanpur has increased since Tuesday after a group of Bru refugees attacked people in West Laxmipur and Laxmipur villages.

They reportedly ransacked many houses and stole things from inside them.

75 Bengali families of these two villages had taken shelter at the nearby Dashda School on Tuesday night.

A man was also seriously injured in the attacks in Laxmipur village.

The Joint Movement Committee (JMC) had called for an indefinite strike from November 16 opposing rehabilitation of the Bru refugees in Kanchanpur.

The organization had claimed that mass rehabilitation of the refugees in the area will further damage its already fragile ecology.

The JMC is a platform for local Bengalis and Mizos.

Kanchanpur sub-divisional police officer, Bikramjit  Shukla Das informed that the police have started an investigation into the incident and the miscreants will soon be arrested.

“On Tuesday evening some miscreants attacked people in our village and snatched cattle and other things from us,” said a person of West Laxmipur village.


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