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Manipur withdraws earlier order to ‘politely turn away’ Myanmar refugees

"The state government has been taking all humanitarian steps and had recently taken all steps, including taking them to Imphal, to treat the injured Myanmar nationals. The state government continues to provide all aid," said Gyan Prakash, Special Secretary (Home), Manipur.

Written by Jimmy Leivon | Imphal |
Updated: March 30, 2021 6:06:43 pm
An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near the bridge on Tiau river along the India-Myanmar border in Mizoram. (AP)

The Manipur government has withdrawn an earlier order against local authorities setting up food and shelter camps for Myanmar refugees fleeing the neighbouring country after the coup.

“The state government has been taking all humanitarian steps and had recently taken all steps, including taking them to Imphal, to treat the injured Myanmar nationals. The state government continues to provide all aid,” said Gyan Prakash, Special Secretary (Home), Manipur. He contended that the content of his previous letter issued on March 26 to all the district commissioners had been misconstrued and hence been withdrawn to avoid misunderstanding.

On March 26, the special secretary, in an official letter to the deputy commissioners (DCs) of five districts bordering Myanmar gave certain instructions to prevent illegal entry of Myanmar nationals. While advising the DCs to “politely turn away”, those trying to sneak into India, the Special Secretary wrote, in case of grievous injuries, medical attention may be provided on humanitarian considerations.

As a fallout of the events taking place in the neighbouring country, Myanmar, it is reported that the country’s nationals have been trying to enter India through the border states including Manipur, the order said.

“District administration should not open any camps to provide food and shelter. The civil society organisations should also not be allowed to open any camps to provide shelter/food,” the circular, which came into public domain on Monday, said. The DCs were also ordered to stop Aadhaar enrolment exercise.

The directive was issued a day after three Myanmar nationals with bullet wounds were evacuated to Moreh sub-divisional hospital, the last border town of India. The injured were later brought to Imphal for treatment. They were reportedly referred from Tamu district, Myanmar and currently receiving treatment in hospitals in Imphal.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to provide asylum to the refugees, saying a “human catastrophe of gigantic proportions” is happening in Myanmar and innocent citizens are being killed by the military, which is supposed to protect them.

He had dubbed as “not acceptable” the Centre’s order to prevent illegal immigration from Myanmar and ensure speedy deportation of refugees.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up along the Indo-Myanmar border with police and Assam Rifles constantly on the vigil.

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