3 Myanmar policemen cross into India seeking refuge

Associated Press/UNB . New Delhi | Published: 17:50, Mar 04,2021


Police face off with protesters during a demonstration against the military coup in the north-western town of Kale on March 2, 2021. — AFP photo

Police in India’s north-eastern Mizoram state said on Thursday that they had detained three Myanmar policemen who entered India seeking refuge a month after the country’s powerful military ousted the elected government of leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup.

Police officer Lalnunzira, who uses one name, said that the three men crossed into Indian territory near village Lungkawlh on Wednesday afternoon. The village is 13 kilometres from the border with Myanmar.

‘The three policemen said they ran from the country because the Myanmar army was on their trail after they refused to obey some orders,’ the police officer said.

He did not explain what orders the three policemen had refused to obey. He said that they were wearing civilian clothes and were not carrying any weapons when they were found inside Indian territory.

India shares a 1,643-kilometer-long border with Myanmar, where more than 50 people, mostly peaceful protesters, have been killed since the February 1 military coup.

India is home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar who are scattered across different states.

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