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Armed Myanmar group seeks asylum in India, high alert in border areas of Mizoram

This photo taken on January 11, 2021 shows Chin people working in Bethel village in Hmawbi, on the outskirts of Yangon, where hundreds of members of the Chin ethnic community have settled after being displaced by fighting between Myanmar's military and the Arakan Army in the country's north.

This photo taken on January 11, 2021 shows Chin people working in Bethel village in Hmawbi, on the outskirts of Yangon, where hundreds of members of the Chin ethnic community have settled after being displaced by fighting between Myanmar's military and the Arakan Army in the country's north.

Myanmar-based armed insurgent group Chin National Army (CNA) has sought asylum for their families in India in the wake of the military coup in the neighbouring country , an official in Mizoram said on Wednesday.

The CNA, the armed wing of the Chin National Front (CNF), has asked for asylum for 40 families, Mizoram's Champhai district deputy commissioner Maria C.T. Zuali told PTI.

"The CNA has communicated the matter to the village council president of Farkawn, who later informed the Champhai district administration," she said.

Ms. Zuali said that she has forwarded the matter to higher authorities.

The district administration has issued an alert against an influx of refugees from Myanmar in the wake of the coup, officials said.

Mizoram shares a 404 km porous international border with Myanmar.

A notification issued by Ms. Zuali on Tuesday instructed all villages to inform the district administration if Myanmarese refugees are seen entering their areas.

Thousands of members of the Chin community of Myanmar fled to Mizoram because of the military junta since the late 1980s, officials said.

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Though many have returned to Myanmar after democracy was restored in the neighbouring country, thousands of them are still living in the state, they said.

The Chins of Myanmar and the Mizos of India share the same ancestry and culture.

With the Myanmar military taking power, there are apprehensions in the border areas that many Myanmarese from the Chin state and other regions will flee to Mizoram.


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