State taking all humanitarian steps to help Myanmar nationals: Manipur Home department

Gyan Prakash, Special secretary (Home) Government of Manipur, on Tuesday clarified reports that Manipur has ordered not to provide food and shelter to Myanmar nationals.


Myanmarese nationals trying to enter Manipur border district Tengnoupal (File Photo: IFP)

 

Special secretary (Home) Government of Manipur on Tuesday said the state is taking up all humanitarian steps, including treatment of injured Myanmar nationals.

Gyan Prakash stated this in an official letter clarifying on the reports that Manipur has ordered not to provide food and shelter to Myanmar nationals.

“The state government has been taking all humanitarian steps and had recently taken all steps, including taking them to Imphal, to treat the injured Myanmar nationals. The state government continues to provide all aid,” said the special secretary.

He contended that the content of his previous letter issued on March 26 to all the district commissioners had been misconstrued. Nevertheless, the Government has decided to withdraw its previous letter in order to avoid misunderstanding, he said.

On March 26, in a bid to prevent illegal entry of Myanmarese nationals into India’s border state Manipur as a fallout of the unrest in Myanmar, the Manipur government had directed all its border districts administration and CSOs not to open any camps for those Myanmarese seeking refuge. The state government direction came amid reports of several Myanmarese nationals illegally attempting to enter the state which shares its border with Myanmar.

As per the directive, people trying to enter or seek refuge should be “politely turned away”.

The direction from the state governement was issued to the deputy commissioners of border districts of Manipur that include Tengnoupal, Chandel, Ukhrul, Kamjong and Churachandpur.

Following the direction, to prevent the entry of illegal Myanmar nationals through the porous Indo-Myanmar border in Tengnoupal district, a strict checking was conducted by a team of police and AR personnel on March 27.

Many Myanmarese nationals were found trying to enter the border but the Indian security stopped them from entering, security sources said.

The team included SP of Tengnoupal, Th Vikramjit Singh; CO of 43 AR, Col Sumit Sood; SDO of Moreh, I Dinesh Kumar Singh; ASP of Moreh, M Amit Singh along with officials and personnel from Moreh Police, CDO Moreh and Assam Rifles

However, in case of grievous injuries, medical attention may be provided on humanitarian considerations, the state government had stated.

On March 25, three Myanmarese citizens suspected to be anti-coup protesters were brought to Imphal for treatment of bullet injuries. The injured were initially brought to sub-divisional Hospital Moreh late in the night and referred to Imphal for further treatment on March 26.

The injured persons were identified as one Phuyoo alias Phuzo, 32, son of Miyantian; Nyae Yoon alias Konanoo, 29, son of Weayyoon and Nay Nay Thoo alias Nyu Nyu Thun, 31, son of Myinninth. It is said that the injured persons were all from Tamu district. They reached Imphal at about 10.30 am. Naye Yoon was admitted at RIMS hospital, Lamphel; Phuyoo and Nay Nay Thoo were admitted at JINMS hospital, Porompat.

The state government had also directed that “Aadhar enrolment should be stopped immediately and Aadhar enrolment kits taken into safe custody”.

Meanwhile, at least three villagers of Day Pu No area of Papun District, in northern Karen state in Myanmar, were killed and eight others injured in a series of airstrikes by Myanmar's military over the weekend, according to Free Burma Rangers.

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First Published:March 30, 2021, 12:42 p.m.

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