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Will Myanmar refugees find shelter in Nagaland?

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Govt’s official stance says no report of people crossing over to Nagaland

Kohima, April 11: As situation deteriorates in trouble-torn Myanmar, Nagaland is soon expected to experience influx of people from across the border.


So far there has been no official report of people crossing over to Nagaland; recently Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio spoke of humane approach towards people who might enter the State to escape the brutality and crackdown on pro-democracy activists.
An organisation has also written a letter to the State Government to open the border for people fleeing from Myanmar.
As Myanmar is heading towards economic meltdown due to countrywide protests and shutting down of all economic activities, including import and export, sooner or later Nagaland is expected to receive people from the country.
Till date, there is no official confirmation about people crossing over to Nagaland. However, sources said that some people have come for medical purposes.
But as food and essential commodities are reportedly running out of stock there, more people are expected to come. Sources said even health centres are closed and that people would have to come to Nagaland.
One source said that a senior Naga political leader and his supporters from Naga Self Administered Zone had come to Nagaland recently, but the purpose of his visit could not be confirmed.
Whether he is still in Nagaland or not, it is not known. He reportedly entered Nagaland from Avangkhu side, in Meluri sub-division.

A government source said that police and administration are keeping vigil along the Indo-Myanmar border to check movement of people.
(Page News Service)

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