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Don’t Let People Die Like This: Says SC On Bru Starvation Deaths

Lawstreet Journal 11 Dec 2019 7:42pm

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The Supreme Court on Monday (December 9, 2019) had asked the Central government to file a reply within 2 weeks’ time from the date of the order, to inform the court as to why the supply of ration has stopped, to the Bru Community living in the relief camps of Tripura.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant was hearing a Public Interest Litigation Petition filed by Advocate on Record, Colin Gonsalves, founder of the Human Rights Law Network. 

The petition recorded that the Government of India had stopped the supply of ration to the Bru Community from October 1, 2019 without giving any reason for the same. The Bru Community originally belongs to Mizoram and is a scheduled tribe which has been living in these relief camps for more than 20 years now. It was solely dependent on the Government for whatever meagre ration and cash doles they provided. 

Defying the Apex Court’s previous direction in the matter to maintain status quo, the Government of India had also declared that the relief camps would be uprooted on November 30, 2019. In the light of these circumstances, 6 people in the Bru relief camps have died of starvation, as reported on November 4, 2019. The petition states that numerous peaceful protests were held in the community to urge the Government of India and the Government of the State of Tripura to release the ration for the people of the camp following which,… Continue Reading...

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