Three Myanmar cops have crossed over the border into northeastern India to flee taking orders from a army junta that’s attempting to suppress protests towards final month’s coup, a police official mentioned on Thursday.
There have been a number of cases recounted on social media of police becoming a member of the civil disobedience motion and protests towards the junta, with some being arrested, however that is the primary reported case of police fleeing Myanmar.
The three police got here throughout the border close to North Vanlaiphai in Mizoram on Wednesday afternoon and authorities there have been assessing their well being and making preparations for them, a senior police officer of Serchhip district mentioned.
“What they mentioned is that they acquired directions from the army rulers which they can not obey, in order that they have run away,” Superintendent of Police Stephen Lalrinawma informed Reuters.
“They’re looking for refuge due to the army rule in Myanmar,” Lalrinawma mentioned.
India shares a 1,643 kilometre (1,021 mile) land border with Myanmar, the place greater than 50 individuals have been killed throughout protests towards army coup on February 1. The junta overthrew a democratically-elected authorities, and detained its chief, Aung San Suu Kyi, having disputed her celebration’s landslide victory in November.
India is already residence to 1000’s of refugees from Myanmar, together with ethnic Chin individuals and Rohingya who fled the southeast Asian nation throughout earlier bouts of violence.
A Chin neighborhood chief in New Delhi mentioned police have hardly ever fled to India.
“That is one thing uncommon,” mentioned James Fanai, president of the India-based Chin Refugee Committee. “As a result of previously, police and army simply observe orders.”
Myanmar’s ruling army council has harassed the significance of police and troopers doing their responsibility.