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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Myanmar ‘policemen’ cross over to Mizoram, Seek refuge

    Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga had said the government would welcome any ethnic Mizo persecuted for participating in pro-democratic movement in Myanmar

    GUWAHATI: Three Myanmar nationals, believed to be police constables, have reportedly sought refuge in Mizoram following a military coup in the neighbouring country that overthrew the democratically elected government and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The trio said to have crossed the border near North Vanlaiphai town in Mizoram on Wednesday afternoon.

    Police sources on anonymity said that they were waiting for instruction from the state’s home department as the state government of Mizoram had announced to provide asylum to victims of tension in Myanmar.

    Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga had said the government and people of Mizoram would welcome any ethnic Mizo or anyone persecuted for participating in the pro-democratic movement in Myanmar, with open arms.

    State officials informed that they were put up at a community hall in the Serchhip district. They have also undergone Covid tests reportedly.

    India shares a 1,640-km-long border with Myanmar, stretching across Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur out of which Mizoram shares is 510-km long.

    The bordering areas in the state have also been asked to prepare for a possible influx of refugees from Myanmar during the emergency there.

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