Security forces stepped up patrols on the border with Myanmar on Friday to cease refugees getting into after some law enforcement officials crossed over to flee taking orders from the navy junta there, officers stated.
“As of now, we are not letting anybody enter,” Maria Zuali, senior authorities official in Mizoram’s Champhai district, informed Reuters by phone.
The transfer follows the defection over the border of some low-ranking Myanmar law enforcement officials who had been unwilling to obey orders to suppress demonstrations towards the junta.
Myanmar’s navy overthrew a democratically-elected authorities on February 1, setting off nationwide protests which have left greater than 50 individuals lifeless. A spokesman for the navy has not commented on the police defectors.
Soldiers and police had been patrolling the frontier on Friday.
In Serchhip district, senior official Kumar Abhishek stated eight individuals, together with a lady and a toddler, had crossed the border and had been being taken care of.
“We are anticipating that some more may come,” he stated.
Authorities had been making preparations to deal with between 30-40 individuals, he stated.
In all, about 30 Myanmar police and their relations had crossed over into India in latest days, a senior police official in Mizoram stated, together with some who had come in a single day.
The official, who requested anonymity, stated individuals had been slipping in regardless of intensive patrolling by troopers alongside a border that hugs the Tiau river flowing between forested hills.
“People are coming from different routes,” the official stated, “The border is porous, you can’t prevent it.”
A safety official stated that police crossing over had stated they didn’t want to perform orders from the navy to quell the protests.
“They alleged that there are human rights violations and they were asked to shoot at civilians,” the official stated, additionally requesting anonymity.
“It’s a little difficult situation for India because diplomatic balance is crucial,” the official stated.
India’s international ministry didn’t reply to questions from Reuters on the size of latest arrivals and on what it intends to do with those that have already crossed over.