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Demand for the return of police personnel who fled Myanmar

More than 50 people, including and unidentified officers, have crossed into Mizoram since 1 March.

At least four of the more than 50 people who fled from Myanmar in a coup-torn coup are policemen, a letter from the head of the border district in Myanmar has revealed.

Maria CT Juali, Deputy Commissioner of Champai district of Mizoram confirmed the receipt of letter from her counterpart Sa Hutan Win in Falam district of Myanmar on Friday night. The letter demanded the detention of Myanmar police personnel who were fleeing towards Indian territories and [their] Hand over to Myanmar ”.

The official letter said that eight personnel from the Myanmar police force had crossed over from India, with Mizoram's capital reaching Aizawl and four taking refuge in Champai.

Names of four police personnel – one Lieutenant Corporal and three constables, one of them a 25-year-old woman.

“To maintain friendly relations between the 5 neighboring countries, I humbly request that you detain 8 Myanmar police personnel who arrived in Indian territories and were handed over to Myanmar,” a letter written on 5 March Read

“I have received the letter and informed the Chief Secretary,” Ms Julie said.

There have been reports of many Myanmar policemen being forced to join the civil disobedience movement, particularly in areas dominated by ethnic minorities. Sixteen police personnel in Putao Township of Kachin State said that they do not want to serve under military dictatorship.

At least 20 such desperate policemen – who belong to the Mizos of Mizoram – have fled the country in fear of death – in areas inhabited by the Chin community. Some have come with their families.

On Friday, 24 personnel crossed the Rifles guarding the border. Sabha Member of Mizoram c. Lalsaranga had earlier confirmed the of 23 people.

On Friday, eight people took refuge in five vehicles in Zote village in Champai district, bordering Myanmar. officials said that they appear to be high officials of the Chin State across the border. At least three people, including a woman, reached a border village in Siyaha district, while five others took refuge in Sangau village in Langatlai district.

Champai district officials said they repatriated three Myanmar nationals on 4 March.

Mizoram home secretary Sanghchin Chinjah told reporters in Aizawl that the state government was sending a report about people coming to the center. We have not received any instructions from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Due to the conflict in the neighboring country, the people of Myanmar periodically migrated across Mizoram. More than 1,500 refugees crossed into Lonagatlai district in November 2017 after a series of encounters between extremist Arakan army and Myanmar army Tatmadaw. Some of them are back by 2019.

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