- No reports of any Rohingya Muslim entering the state
- Law enforcement and intelligence agencies keeping a close watch
A senior police officer in the state has said that there are no reports of any Rohingya Muslim entering Mizoram so far.
According to the officer, a strict vigil is being maintained along the state’s 404 km international border with Myanmar and 318 km long border with Bangladesh. But till now there is no report of any Rohingya Muslim entering Mizoram.
Rohingyas are a stateless Indo-Aryan race from Rakhine State, Myanmar. Described by the United Nations in 2013 as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, they have been denied citizenship under the 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law. In recent months, tens of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighboring countries amid a military crackdown on insurgents in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
Law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on the possibility of Rohingya Muslims entering the state from Myanmar and Bangladesh, the officer confirmed.
“We have been holding meetings with the stakeholders like the central para-military forces guarding both the Myanmar and Bangladesh borders and the intelligence agencies every two months to take stock of the situation in the border areas,” he said.
The officer, however, said that around 170 Arakanese people entered Mizoram from neighboring Myanmar due to recent clashes between Myanmar Army and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) and took shelter in the border areas in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.
Makeshift camps were made where the refugees took shelter and the Deputy Commissioner of Lawngtlai District arranged foodstuff for them, he added.