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12 Myanmar people take refuge in Mizoram after the February coup | India News


AIZAWAL: At least 12 people from Myanmar crossed the border into India and took refuge in Mizoram about a month after the neighboring country’s army overthrew those elected. government from Aung San Suu Kyi, authorities said Thursday.
Eight people have entered the Serchhip district, while another four have arrived in the Champhai district.
A senior police officer said the identity of the refugees has yet to be determined.
Serchhip Deputy Commissioner Kumar Abhisek said five people, including members of one family, crossed the international border and entered the district on Thursday, while three others did so on March 3.
The eight people are currently staying in a community room in Lungkawlh village, about 8 kilometers from the Indo-Myanmar border, and the district administration provided them with food, he said.
He said details of the refugees are not yet available.
Champhai Deputy Commissioner Maria CT Zuali said four people from Myanmar have crossed into the district recently.
The entry of people from the neighboring country has been reported to the state Interior Ministry and Interior Minister Lalchamliana will issue a statement on the matter at the assembly on Monday, an official said.
More than 100 people from Myanmar also tried to cross the international border to seek refuge in Mizoram recently, said the deputy commissioner of Champhai.
However, they were detained by Assam Rifles personnel guarding the border, he said.
Assam Rifles Deputy Inspector General Digvijay Singh said the force was aimed at not allowing any illegal entry from the neighboring country.
Zuali said the state government has recently issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in light of the possible influx of refugees from Myanmar after the coup.
“Although civil society organizations are willing to host refugees from Myanmar, the Mizoram government cannot act alone without the leadership of the Center, as it is an international matter,” he said.
Furthermore, the state government will not have sufficient resources to feed the refugees unless assistance is received from the Center, he added.
Mizoram shares a 404 km long porous border with Myanmar, where the military junta took office on February 1. Several pro-democracy protesters were killed in clashes with security forces there.

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