GUWAHATI: Two more Myanmarese soldiers, who entered Mizoram after the militia group People’s Defence Force (PDF) took over Myanmar army camps, have been arrested and handed over to the Assam Rifles. The soldiers came to Zokhawthar police station in Mizoram on Tuesday evening. With this, the total number of army personnel who have crossed over to Mizoram rose to 45 in the last three days, Mizoram Inspector General of Police Lalbiakthanga Khiangte told ET.
Defence sources said that 39 Myanmar military personnel, who had crossed over to Zokhawthar, were flown to Tamu across Moreh while the remaining six have also been evacuated to a safer place on Wednesday.
There has been a fresh influx of refugees from Myanmar into Mizoram since Sunday after the Myanmar Army engaged in a fierce clash with the pro-democratic force, Chinland Defence Force (CDF). Over 5,000 refugees have taken shelter in Mizoram as of Tuesday.
The police officer said that the situation along the Indo-Myanmar border is calm now as there have been no more clashes between the Myanmar army and the PDF.
Mizoram shares a 510-km-long porous international border with Myanmar. Sources in the state government said on Monday that Myanmar Army jet fighters dropped two bombs near Rihkhawdar village, just 4 km from Zokhawthar village. The conflict erupted after CDF reportedly took control of a Myanmar Army camp in Rihkhawdar village. The retaliatory airstrikes intensified the already heated exchange of fire on the Indo-Myanmar border close to Mizoram. The Assam Rifles officials have beefed up its vigil along the border.
Around 35,000 from Myanmar took shelter in various districts of Mizoram including Zokhawthar village in Champhai district after the Myanmar Army took over the governance in the neighbouring country in a military coup on February 1, 2021.