AIZAWL, Feb 11: A Myanmar-based insurgent group, Chin National Army (CNA), has sought asylum for civilians of 40 families in Mizoram in the wake of the military coup in the neighbouring country, Deputy Commissioner of Champhai district, Maria CT Zuali said.

She said that CNA leaders spoke to village council president of Farkawn, a border village in Champhai district, seeking asylum for members of about 40 families who fear a military crackdown on their camp. The village head later informed the matter to the Champhai district administration. Zuali said that she had forwarded the matter to the higher authorities.

The CNA’s camp, known as Camp Victory, lies adjacent to Tiau river that divides India and Myanmar.

The CNA camp is just an hour’s drive from Farkawn, a Champhai-based journalist, who visited the camp recently, said.  The development came on the heels of the Champhai DC sounding an alert against possible influx of refugees from Myanmar following the military taking over power in the neighbouring country.

The Champhai DC has instructed all villages to inform the district administration if Myanmarese refugees enter their places. Mizoram is home to thousands of members of the Chin community who fled the military junta during the late 1980s. There is an apprehension that many more will flee to Mizoram following the new political development in Myanmar.