Aizawl: Mizoram election department officials have deleted all the 6,232 names of Bru voters, who have settled permanently in neighbouring Tripura state, from the Mizoram voters’ lists, officials said on Sunday.
Sources in the Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district deputy commissioner’s election branch said that all the 4,950 Bru voters names were deleted from the electoral rolls.
The Bru voters’ names were deleted from Mamit, Dampa and Hachhek assembly constituencies in the district.
Assam border Kolasib district officials said that 948 names of Bru voters, who have settled parmanently in Tripura have been deleted from the electoral rolls in Kolasib, Serlui and Tuirial assembly constituencies while south Mizoram’s Lunglei district officials said that 334 names of Bru voters have been deleted from the electoral rolls in Lunglei South, Thorang and West Tuipui assembly seats.
With the draft electoral roll is to be published on August 2 in the ongoing special summary revision of electoral roll in poll-bound Mizoram, the officials were to meet a deadline on deletion of Bru voters.
The final publication of the electoral roll in the current revision is schduled to be published on October 4.
Earlier, receipt of corresponding requests for deletion from the Tripura state election commission through ERONet was going on at a snail’s pace, prompting the Mizoram election department to take up the issue of deletion of Bru voters on its own after Madhup Vyas took over as the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) recently.
Deletion of Bru voters could only be undertaken after a quadrilateral agreement was signed between the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mizoram and Tripura state governments and different Bru bodies in the relief camps on January 16, 2020 in which it was agreed that the Bru community in Tripura relief camps who did not like to return to Mizoram are allowed to settle permanently in Tripura.
Thousands of members of Bru community migrated to neighbouring Tripura after the murder of Lalzawmliana, a forest guard working inside the Dampa Tiger Reserve on October 21, 1997 near Persang hamlet by Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) insurgents.
Another exodus occurred after Zarzoliana, a youth belonging to Bungthuam village, was gunned down by Bru rebels on November 13, 2009.
Several efforts to repatriate the Brus from Tripura to Mizoram failed and the Delhi agreement allowed them to settle over 32,000 Brus in Tripura and to be enrolled in Tripura voters’ lists.