Manipur withdraws 'misconstrued'  'No refuge for Myanmarese' order

Siliguri, India: The Northeastern state of India, neighboring Myanmar, withdrew an order the called to the local authorities to turn away refugees coming from Myanmar currently facing the brunt of a military coup. 

The state withdrew the order which earlier advised the local authorities against providing food and shelter to the Myanmarese citizens fleeing the nation as the junta unleashes brutal forces to quash democratic demand. 

The order sent out on March 26 this year, said locals should 'politely turn away' any Myanmarese seeking shelter, NDTV reported. The officials, as per the early report were supposed to submit an 'action taken' report by today. 

The order originating from the Manipur Home department addressed to the deputy commissioners of Chandel, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Ukhrul, and Churachandpur had even asked them to ensure that Aadhar -- India's principal i-card -- enrolment was ceased with immediate effect and the kits used in the production be taken to safe custody.

"It appears that the contents of the letter have been misconstrued and interpreted differently...In order to avoid this misunderstanding I am directed to convey the decision of the government that it has decided to withdraw the letter dated 26.03.2021 mentioned above," H Gyan Prakash, Special Home Secretary to the state government, said in yesterday's letter.

India has been expecting Myanmarese refugees ever since the nation was seized by the army coup that captured the democratic leader Suu Kyi. The junta has been clashing with tens of thousands of Myanmarese in several cities of the nation as people protest for the restoration of Democracy in the heart of the state. 

Prakash also wrote his government has been taking all humanitarian steps "including taking them (refugees) to Imphal, to treat the injured Myanmarese nationals. The state government continues to provide all aid," he wrote.

Manipur-government's order drew a lot of social media flak for being inhuman and damaging India's longstanding tradition of hospitality to people in need. 


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for a united global front to pressure Myanmar's military junta following the "absolutely unacceptable" weekend killings of more than 100 anti-coup protesters.

"It is absolutely unacceptable to see violence against people at such high levels, so many people killed, and such a stubborn refusal to accept the need to liberate all political prisoners and to make the country go back to a serious democratic transition," Guterres told a news conference.

At least 107 people -- including seven children -- were killed as security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters Friday, in what has been said to be the bloodiest day since the coup started opening fire to the protestors. 

On Saturday the Junta staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day as the death toll from crackdowns since the coup climbed to at least 423, according to a local monitoring group.

Several international leaders have lambasted the army coup in strong-worded statements, and have vowed action to end the violence and hold the responsibility to account. 

"Today’s killing of unarmed civilians, including children, marks a new low. We will work with our international partners to end this senseless violence, hold those responsible to account, and secure a path back to democracy," British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet. 

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations earlier called on India and the various states bordering Myanmar to provide shelter to the refugees in the wake of the humanitarian crises there. 

Undeterred by the coup's brutal forces Myanmar citizens continue to protest in different places of the nation, local media reports say. 

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