30.2 C
New York
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
HomeHeadline newsIndia starts deporting Myanmar refugees after visa policy change

India starts deporting Myanmar refugees after visa policy change


Related stories

Sikh murder plot suspect Nikhil Gupta pleads ‘not guilty’ in US court

An Indian national extradited to the United States from...

Indian-Americans have outsized, positive impact on US, says report

The Indian-American community in the country has grown to...

US extradites Indian national for plot to assassinate Khalistani leader Pannun

The US authorities have extradited Indian national Nikhil Gupta...

Modi, Trudeau hold talks over killing of Nijjar

Modi on Friday (14) held a brief conversation with...

INDIA has begun deporting the first group of Myanmar refugees who sought shelter there after a military coup in 2021 and plans to send back more in the coming days, weeks after saying it would end a visa-free border policy with Myanmar.

Thousands of civilians and hundreds of troops from Myanmar have fled to Indian states, where communities between the two countries share ethnic and familial ties, which has worried New Delhi because of the risk of communal tensions spreading to India.

“First batch of Myanmar nationals who entered India illegally deported today,” N Biren Singh, the chief minister of northeastern Manipur state that borders Myanmar, said in a post on messaging platform X on Friday (8).

Manipur planned to send back at least 77 refugees starting from Friday, according to a state government document. The state has been roiled by sporadic violence that has killed nearly 200 people so far since ethnic clashes broke out in May last year.

The first group of refugees arrived in the Indian border town of Moreh and would be handed over on Saturday (9), an Indian security official said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

- Advertisement -

Singh shared a video clip on X showing some women refugees being brought out of security vans and taken into an airport.

New Delhi has not signed the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, which spells out refugees’ rights and states’ responsibilities to protect them, nor does it have its own laws protecting refugees.

Singh wrote in his post that the country gave “shelter and aid to those fleeing the crisis in Myanmar on humanitarian grounds with a systematic approach”.

India last month said it would end a decades-old visa-free movement policy with Myanmar for their border citizens for reasons including national security, days after the home minister announced fencing of the 1,643-km (1,020 mile) border with Myanmar.



- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories