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Relief supplies extended for tribal refugees in Tripura

Agartala, Jan 15 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/15/2019 11:38:05 AM IST

Foodgrain and other relief supplies for the Reang tribals sheltered in Tripura for over 21 years, have been extended for another two-and-a-half- months, an official said here on Tuesday.

“The Home Ministry has extended the deadline for repatriation of tribal refugees from Tripura to Mizoram till March 31. The assistance to the refugees in the form of foodgrain and cash doles will also be continued till March 31,” said Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate Abeda Nanda Baidya.

He said that following the Ministry’s previous order, the supply of free foodgrain and other relief was supposed to stop starting from Wednesday.

Over 35,000 Reang tribals, comprising 5,907 families, fled from Mizoram and have been staying in seven relief camps in northern Tripura’s Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions since October 1997 following ethnic tension after a Mizo forest official was killed in the neighbouring state.

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