AIZAWL, May 21 NNN : Bridge over Langkaih river is the only link between Tripura and Mizoram but the blockade imposed on this link is continuing since April 29 over the death of a man hailed from Bru community. Following the prolonging of the blockade, the tension is heightening in the Tripura-Mizoram border area.
The BDO level talk between the two states failed to bring any desirable result.The Bru community blames the Mizos for the death while the latter denied it.
Following this development, Young Mizo Association (YMA), in the western belt of Mizoram, had resorted to blockading of Langkaih Bridge at Kanhmun for an indefinite period of time starting from April 29.
It may be recalled that Sebaram Reang was one of the 8 members of an armed group arrested by Tripura and Mizoram Police in a joint operation.
He had reportedly committed suicide while searching for arms and ammunitions hidden by the armed group.
The police continue to hunt for seven other members of the group. It can be noted here that tension between the Brus and the Mizos crops up from time to time.
Mizoram had witnessed the climax of this tension in the year 2009 when houses of Mizos and Brus were burnt by each other.
In a Mizoram district of Mamit bordering Tripura, Mizo youths set the Bru (Reang) settlements and reduced 313 houses to ashes in November, 2009.
The violence in 2009 was triggered by the killing of an 18 year old Mizo youth identified as one Zarzokima by Bru militants.
Meanwhile, the process of identification of Mizoram Brus in Tripura camps for repatriation in the last part of this month is also stalled because of the tense situation. Joint Churches Committee of Mizoram proceeded towards Champhai yesterday to diffuse the tense situation between Vaphai and Saikhumphai.
According to official sources, the Joint Churches Committee was being headed by the Chairman, Rev. Lalramliana Pachuau who also is the Synod Moderator. Other office bearers and members are Lalnilawma Kawlni, B. Thangtinliana and Lt. Col. Lalramhluna. They are accompanied by the Joint Director of Local Administration Deptt. C. Lalthlamuana.
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