Six lawmakers among 1,800 people from Myanmar sheltering in India


A 51-year-old school teacher, who helped Myanmar refugees cross the border, is pictured during his interview at an undisclosed location in India's northeastern Mizoram state, near the India-Myanmar border, March 13, 2021. - Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters): At least six lawmakers from Myanmar are sheltering in India after fleeing their country amid fears they could be detained by the military junta that seized power in a coup, an advisor to the body representing the ousted government said on Thursday (April 8).

An Indian police official confirmed their presence and said they were among about 1,800 people who have crossed into India from Myanmar since late February, most of them taking refuge in the northeastern state of Mizoram.

The lawmakers, from Myanmar's Chin and Sagaing regions, are members of state and federal legislatures. They belong to the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which won a November 2020 election that the military disputed, the advisor said.

"MPs are in great danger at the moment in Myanmar. They are being searched, they are being followed by the soldiers," said the advisor to the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), who asked not to be named.

The presence of the lawmakers in India could create further diplomatic complications for New Delhi, which has traditionally had close ties with the Myanmar military but has publicly spoken out against the ongoing violence in recent days.

In response to questions from Reuters on the Myanmar lawmakers, India's foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said he had no information to share.

"Let me reiterate today our condemnation of the violence and our support for restoration of democracy in Myanmar," Bagchi said at an online media briefing earlier on Thursday.

More than 150 elected members of parliament and of the former government are among thousands of people who have been detained since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group.

About 600 people have been killed by security forces as protests against the coup continue across the country.

A spokesman for the junta could not be reached for comment.

"The members of parliament from NLD had to flee from their own residences and also from their own region," the advisor said, speaking via a video call from an undisclosed location in northeastern India.

Initially consisting of defecting Myanmar policemen and their families, the movement of people into Mizoram state has since expanded to include civilians fleeing the crackdown.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Myanmar , India , lawmakers , refuge , military , coup , NLD

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Asean News Headlines as at 9pm on Tuesday (May 18)
Teens aged 12 to 15 to get Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Singapore; 38 Covid-19 cases confirmed - 27 in community
Indonesian president hopes Jakarta-Bandung HSR will operate by end of 2022; 4,185 new Covid-19 cases confirmed
Thai PM orders restaurants to observe anti-Covid-19 measures as country records highest daily virus related deaths and total goes above 113,000
Philippines: Metro Manila and adjacent areas showing decline in Covid-19 cases; 4,487 new cases confirmed on Tuesday (May 18)
Vietnam PM says pandemic under control as govt eports 134 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (May 18)
Singapore: First coastal protection study against sea-level rise starts on city-east coast stretch
Indonesian travel startup is said to weigh US$2bil SPAC deal
Thailand considers releasing�50,000 inmates as Covid-19 hit prisons
Philippines cuts GDP growth outlook amid tough virus fight

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers