Burmese Police Flee to India, Seek Political Asylum

Indian authorities reported that three Burmese police officers have crossed over to India’s northeastern state of Mizoram to seek political asylum amid the unrest in Myanmar. 

Stephen Lalrinawma, the police superintendent in Mizoram’s Serchhip district said that the three officers made it near the town of North Vanlaiphai and are being assessed for their basic needs. 

“What they said is they got instructions from the military rulers which they cannot obey, so they have run away, They are seeking refuge because of the military rule in Myanmar,” explained Lalrinawma.

There are already refugees from Myanmar prior to the coup including Chin and Rohingya minorities who have escaped persecution in the past. 

After the three, 19 more police officers have crossed the border into Champai and Serchhip due to the same reason. 

The policemen were not identified for their safety while Indian authorities said that they are being treated well. 

Indian authorities are expecting more political refugees from Myanmar as the unrest there grows more violent. 

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