Around 400 Myanmar refugees move towards Indian Side of Indo-Myanmar border

Ukhrul: Ukhrul Times has learnt that around 400 Myanmarese, mostly women and children have moved towards the Indian side of the Indo-Myanmar border especially at Phaikoh village and Huimin Thana under Kamjong district.

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Sources informed that the illegal migrants have moved towards Indian side for safer accommodation due to the ongoing conflict in Myanmar. More than 400 Myanmar refugees entered into Manipur state. They are taking refuge at Phaikoh and Huimin Thana. The Myanmar nationals are from Aungzaya village and Mongjang Momo village of Myanmar, fleeing the military junta crackdown, coupled with increasing resistance attacks against the authority. More refugees are likely to enter into Manipur State border for refuge.

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Deputy commissioner of Kamjong district, Rang Peter along with Additional SP of Kamjong, chief medical officer of Kamjong and OC of Chassad Police Station are currently staying at Phaikoh village to get stock of the situation, providing basic amenities.

In this regard, the DC Kamjong, Rang Peter had issued a direction to immediately carry out verification drive of all cross-border migrants with details such as name, age, sex, place of origin etc. along with biometrics either through machine or inked finger marks of all ten fingers and photograph of each individuals.

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The order of the district commissioner also instructed that “no movement will be permitted towards Indian side beyond Phaikoh village. Any movement outside Phaikoh village is to be strictly done on proper verification. In case of any cross-border infiltration, migrants may be confined in community places such as community hall, school building, church building etc. and not in any individual houses for a minimum period of time and thereafter push them back immediately once the situation is improved.”

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The CMO of Kamjong in an order alerted its medical staff as a precautionary measure. The order read, “as a precautionary measure to provide medical assistance, all the staffs posted at health facilities in Kamjong Block and Kasom Khullen Block are hereby ordered to remain at their respective place of posting to manage any medical emergencies.”

The district administration of Kamjong district are collecting biometric data and other necessary details, as well as are providing medical assistance to the refugees at Phaikoh village at the time of filing this report.

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