Monday, January 30, 2023

High Court of Tripura orders signup of Brus in state’s voters’ list before VC polls


The Tripura high court has instructed the state’s election commission to register names of the voters belonging to the Bru community, who have been resettled in the state, in the Tripura electoral rolls before the village council elections to be held in November.

Tripura SEC has been ordered by the Tripura high court bench led the way by Justice Arindam Lodh to prepare the electoral roll rapidly and hold the coming to pass village council election in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) by the first week of November.

A group of Bru settlers discontented with the situation of non-inclusion of Brus in the Tripura electoral rolls as per the draft voter lists of the SEC published on September 16 filed a petition in the Tripura high court, following which the high court passed the instructions to the SEC. The Tripura high court, while disposing of the petition, observed that under the Quadripartite Agreement, the people belonging to the displaced Brus have to be included in the electoral roll and the object of this clause in the Agreement is to treat them as citizens of Tripura having given their right to exercise their franchise.

The HC emphasized that as per the latest report obtained from the Tripura revenue department, there are 15 designated locations observed for the settlement of Bru migrants and as of now 5009 persons have been enrolled out of approximately 21,703 competent Bru migrants at different locations.

The signup of Brus is being done where house constructions are executed and the families have been provided with RoR which is being done by concerned Block Development Officers, the order added.

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