At least 15 crossed over from Myanmar into 3 Mizoram districts

Amid the continuing violence and turmoil in neighbouring Myanmar, at least 15 persons, including at least four Myanmarese policemen, have crossed over into Mizoram over the last few days, according to information pieced together from multiple state government officials.

Senior bureaucrats in state capital Aizawl say that the government is awaiting directions from New Delhi and, meanwhile, have prepared an SOP on how to get the refugees registered.

Speaking in Aizawl on Friday, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said, “Our brothers and sisters in Myanmar are currently facing problems because of the military coup, and we welcome those who are forced to flee into Mizoram for their physical safety. The government is mindful that they could face hunger and so has sanctioned funds accordingly.”

A senior official of the Home Department of Mizoram told The Indian Express, “We have been writing to Delhi and are awaiting a response as to how we should go ahead with the situation.”

“As of now, we have asked Deputy Commissioners to collect information of those arriving based on a performa we have prepared,” said another official.

But a source in the Assam Rifles, whose personnel are deployed at the border, told The Indian Express that while the state government has issued SOPs, there are not in consonance with the Centre.

“We have received instructions from Delhi not to let refugees in, but we have also been told not to get into a confrontation with the…

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