Fierce fighting continues in Myanmar between the army and the opposition parties.
Aizawl: The latest influx of refugees from a military coup in Myanmar continues over the past few days, with nearly 500 more Myanmarese being forced to seek refuge in Mizoram, as the army and opposition forces continue fierce fighting in the country’s western region. According to Mizoram government officials, the number of Myanmarese migrants seeking refuge in Mizoram rose to around 11,500 since the military coup in Myanmar on February 1 with new arrivals of refugees. Local police and district officials, legislators and others, speaking by phone from various places in Mizoram, said desperate refugees from Myanmar crossed the Tiau river in small country boats to seek refuge in the border villages of the northeastern state. Swim across.Also Read – Assam Mizoram Border Dispute Update: Assam CM directs to withdraw FIR against Mizoram MP
A Member of Parliament from Mizoram, who declined to be named, told Aizawl over phone that the Tiau River (which flows along Champhai district in eastern Mizoram), which is the international border, was crossed by refugees in small boats with the help of local Mizos. had. The sick poor people had no other option to survive. Army attacks took refuge in our side and Mizo villagers provided them food and shelter on humanitarian grounds. He said the fresh migrants, including women and children, have taken shelter in 15 to 16 villages in three districts of Mizoram – Champhai, Lawangtlai and Hanathiyal districts, which border Myanmar. Also Read – Mizoram government said – we are ready to withdraw the case filed against the CM of Assam
Mizoram Home Minister Lalchmalliana also told the media in Aizawl that if the attacks and counter-attacks by the Myanmar army and opposition forces continue, more people are likely to come to Mizoram for shelter. Most of Myanmar’s refugees have been provided temporary shelter by various local NGOs, including the Young Mizo Association, which has provided them with food, medicines and other basic necessities on humanitarian grounds, while many others live with their relatives. are. Also Read – Assam-Mizoram border dispute: Amit Shah spoke to the Chief Ministers of both the states, know what was the result
The district administrations of the border districts are unable to officially help the migrants, as they have not yet been granted refugee status by the Indian government or any international agencies. There was an influx of fresh refugees into Mizoram, according to people familiar with the events in Myanmar and media and intelligence reports, as the Burmese government-in-exile, the National Unity Government (NUG) called for a nationwide insurgency early last week. and clashed with military soldiers, who conducted large-scale campaigns against resistance forces.
He said the Chinaland Defense Force and the Chin National Army (or Chin National Force) in a joint operation last week captured a Myanmar Army camp in Lunglar village opposite the Mizoram border and detained 12 Myanmar Army soldiers. After that the military authority sent some helicopters and two jet fighters to counter-attack.
Fierce gunfire and shelling and other firearm use between anti-coup NUG and Myanmar army activists could be heard from villages bordering Myanmar. Officials of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), which maintains data on Myanmar’s refugees, said that since March this year, around 11,500 refugees, including about 20 legislators, have taken shelter in 11 districts of Mizoram.
Champhai district along the Indo-Myanmar border is currently harboring 4,550 refugees, the most, followed by Aizawl district where 1,700 refugees have taken refuge. The majority of those seeking refuge in the border state belong to the Chin community, also known as the Jo community, who share the same ancestry, ethnicity and culture as the Mizos of Mizoram. Six Mizoram districts – Champhai, Siyaha, Lawangtlai, Serchhip, Hanahthiyal and Saitual – share a 510-km unfenced border with Myanmar.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had earlier urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide shelter, food and shelter to the refugees who have come to the state after the military coup in Myanmar on February 1. Referring to the Union Home Ministry’s advice to the four northeastern states bordering Myanmar and also to the Assam Rifles and BSF to take action to check illegal infiltration from Myanmar into India, Zoramthanga said, it is acceptable to Mizoram. Not there. A delegation of the Mizoram government had already met the Vice President, the Union Minister of State for Home and the Home Secretary in Delhi to persuade them to pressurize the Center not to forcefully push back Myanmarese citizens taking refuge in Mizoram.
According to the MHA advisory, state governments and union territory administrations have no power to grant refugee status to any foreigner, and India is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol. A year-long state of emergency has been declared in Myanmar, where power has been transferred to Senior General Min Aung Huling after President U Win Myint and State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained by the military on February 1.
Meanwhile, the Mizoram government has decided to admit the children of Myanmar refugees in government schools in the state. Last week, Mizoram’s Director of School Education James Lalrinchana, citing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act-2009), asked all district and sub-divisional education officers to ensure that all district and sub-divisional education officers between the age group of 6 to 14 years Children People from disadvantaged communities have the right to get admission in schools in a class appropriate to their age for completing primary education.