Mizoram govt issues SOP for identification of migrants, refugees entering from Myanmar


Guwahati: The Mizoram government has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the identification of migrants and refugees entering Mizoram from Myanmar in connection with the military coup.

Many Myanmar nationals, including few police officials of the neighbouring country, have entered Mizoram by crossing the international border for seeking shelter in the north-eastern state, an official said.

Amid continuing protests and unrest in Myanmar following the coup on February 1, many people have fled from the neighbouring country.

According to a report published in India Today, a top official of the Serchhip district administration said eight Myanmar nationals entered Mizoram by crossing the international border and are currently lodged at a community hall of Lungkawlh village, just 8 km from the Indo-Myanmar border.

Serchhip Deputy Commissioner Kumar Abhishek told news agency PTI that five people, who include members of a family, crossed the international border and entered the district on Thursday, while three others did so on March 3.

The district administration has them provided food, clothes and other facilities, the official said.

The Champhai district administration had issued an order on March 1 and asked police and village councils to follow the SOP issued by the state government.

Mizoram MP C Lalrosanga told Aajtak/India Today TV that many people from Mizoram are also living in Myanmar and that during this crisis, the people of Mizoram are helping those who want to take shelter in Mizoram.

“The Mizoram chief minister [Zoramthanga] has already asked villagers along the border to follow the SOP issued by the state government,” C Lalrosanga said.