Aizawl, March 4: Three Myanmar police constables have crossed over to Mizoram fleeing military junta in the neighbouring country.
Serchhip police in central Mizoram said the three police personnel arrived at Lungkawlh village in Serchhip district, about nine kilometres from the international boundary on Wednesday evening.
“They claimed to have received instructions from the military to shoot at their own people in Chin state which they refused to follow and had to run away,” Serchhip police official said.
The police personnel are from Chin community in Chin state that borders Mizoram.
Block Development Officer (BDO) of East Lungdar, accompanied by police officials visited Lungkawlh village to conduct an inquiry while the three refugees were tested with Rapid Antigen Test by medical workers from nearby North Vanlaiphai and were found to be negative for Covid-19.
They spent Wednesday night at the Community Hall of the village waiting for a decision from the district administration and arrangements for their future stay in Mizoram.
Meanwhile, unofficial sources claimed that over 50 refugees from Myanmar have crossed over the border seeking shelter in Mizoram even as there has been no official report of refugees influx following the military coup in Myanmar.
Lalhlupuia, a journalist in Champhai that borders Myanmar, said that a large number of people from Myanmar took shelter in Aizawl and other places.
Champhai district deputy commissioner Mara C.T. Zuali, however, said that she was yet to receive any official information about the reported influx of refugees from Myanmar.
The Champhai DC had earlier informed the people of the district and village authorities along the border areas to accept anyone trying to take shelter in the district due to political turmoil arising out of the military coup in Myanmar as 'refugees'.
Mizoram shares 510-km porous border with Myanmar. Of the four districts in Mizoram that share borders with Myanmar, Champhai district shares the longest border.