733 refugees entered Mizoram after facing persecution by the military coup in Myanmar.
After the recent military coup in Myanmar, the number of people fleeing to India has almost doubled from the last week.
Earlier the figure was around 300, but it now jumped to 733, as per official data.
The total number of refugees taking shelter in Mizoram bordering the Chin state of Myanmar stands at 642. 91 others have been put in the "unconfirmed" category. This was given by the official report of the state government. The intelligence agencies are trying to identify the fresh influx of 91 people. The new influx happened between 18 March and 20 March.
Most of the refugees are policemen, army personnel, and their families. They refused to shoot at the protesters opposing the military rule in Myanmar.
The maximum numbers are reported from the Champai district. A total of 324 identified refugees are staying there. The fresh influx of unaccounted 91 persons is also located in the Champai district. Siaha stands at second, with 114 refugees. 83 persons are at Hnahthial. 55 are staying at Lawngtalai. 15 at Serchhip. 14 are located in Aizwal. 3 at Saitual. 2 each at Kolasib and Lunglei.
The refugees are currently located in the community halls near the borders. It is meant to facilitate accommodation under the Free Movement Regime (FMR) arrangement. FMR allows people to travel up to 16 km on either side of the borders and stay for 14 days. Some others are residing with their relatives distant from the border areas.
The situation of the refugees is a sensitive issue for both as people on either side of the borders have ethnic affiliations.
Those who managed to escape, fear for their lives and do not want to return under the current circumstances.
The Central and Mizoram governments are at a difference regarding the influx of refugees, after the military coup in Myanmar.
CM Zoramthanga wrote to PM Modi, stating that India cannot turn a blind eye to the humanitarian crisis.
Earlier, the Mizoram government made arrangements to welcome the refugees. They issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding this. However, the Central government refused the shelter given.
To avoid conflict, the border guarding forces and the police are not coming in direct contact with the refugees. They have stepped up scrutiny to check the influx.
CM Zoramthanga further said that the Centre's order to prevent illegal immigration from Myanmar is unacceptable. He urged the Prime Minister to provide them asylum on humanitarian grounds.