The Bru people also known as Reangs - a predominantly Hindu tribe living in Christian majority Mizoram took refuge in Tripura in 1997, as a result of violent clashes with the largely Christian Mizo tribes. The current issue dates back to 1995 when the Young Mizo Association and Mizo Students’ Association demanded their exclusion from the electoral rolls by claiming that they were not ethnic to Mizoram. This triggered a political and militant movement led by the Bru National Union (BNU) and Bru National Liberation Front (BNLF) respectively. The Brus demanded the creating of an autonomous council - a demand vociferously rejected by Mizos. The 1997 violence too place in the Mamith subdivision, triggered by the killing of a forest official allegedly by BNLF militants. In the 1997 flare-up, thousands of Bru homes were burnt, and a number of them were also killed and raped. The BNU has claimed that 1,341 houses of Bru people were burnt down in 41 villages. The horrific episode of violence forced tens of thousands of them to flee to safety in neighbouring Tripura, where many still reside in refugee camps. While many in the media are calling the Bru settlement an end to a 23 year old problem, former Mizoram governor and noted lawyer Swaraj Kaushal gave more insights to the dispute.