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Myanmar citizens forced into No Man’s Land on India border after government coup

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Aryan Grover

In the fear of a military crackdown, Myanmar nationals, exceeding 100 in number, have attempted to flee to India via the Moreh border. Myanmar has been in a state of unrest, with bloodshed and upheaval marking the streets ever since a military coup overthrew the democratically elected government, early in February of 2021.

A number of these nationals have sought shelter in the No Man’s land near the Moreh town in Manipur, which lies along the India-Myanmar border. Assistance has also been sought by them from the local authorities of Manipur for shelter within the Indian territory.

The police authorities reported that more than 100 Myanmar nationals have attempted to flee to India through the Moreh borders.

Adding on the report, they stated that more than 30 families seek permission for their stay in Moreh but have been stopped at the border by Indian security forces.

The superintendent of police of Tengnoupal district in Manipur, Vikramjit Singh, said in an interview, “Yesterday, some Myanmar nationals had tried to sneak into the Indian side, but security personnel had pushed back them. Many Myanmar nationals are trying to enter Manipur.”

Raising additional concerns over this matter, superintendent Singh added that some people might have already entered Manipur since a major part of the India-Myanmar border is forest area.

However, additional security personnel has been deployed in the bordering areas to keep the situation in check.

Villagers have come to the aid of the Myanmar nationals, providing them with food and clothing. A villager said, Following the violent situation in Myanmar, many people from the Tamu area in Myanmar have fled and entered Manipur by crossing the Indo-Myanmar border to seek shelter. We have tried to provide food and clothes to them at best.”