More than 100 people fleeing Myanmar enter Indian village | India News

GAUHATI: More than 100 people fleeing Myanmar have entered a small village in northeast India, adding to dozens who have already arrived since last month’s military coup in neighboring Asia south-east, a village chief said on Sunday.
A total of 116 Burmese nationals crossed the Tiau River and reached the village of Farkawn via a stretch where Indian paramilitary personnel from the Assam Rifles were not present, said Ramliana, chairperson of the Farkawn Village Council, an organization community. It uses only one name.
There was no immediate comment from state or federal government officials. The village is in the state of Mizoram.
Ramliana did not give details of when people passed through Myanmar. Local media reported that several of them were from Myanmar police and firefighters.
Last week, the Home Office asked four Indian states bordering Myanmar – Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh – to take action to prevent refugees from entering India except for humanitarian reasons.
The ministry said states are not allowed to grant refugee status to anyone entering India from Myanmar because India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol.
Indian police have arrested at least seven Myanmar policemen. They told Indian authorities they fled because the Burmese military was on their trail after refusing to obey orders.
Indian police did not explain which orders the officers refused. They wore civilian clothes and were unarmed.
Earlier this month, Myanmar called on India to fire police officers who crossed the border.
India shares a 1,643 kilometer (1,020 mile) border with Myanmar and is home to thousands of Myanmar refugees in various states.


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Christina A. Kroll