Myanmar Coup: Anti-Coup protestors enter India amid military crackdown

Owing to a large-scale crackdown by Myanmar security forces against anti-coup protestors, a large number of Myanmar nationals have reportedly crossed into India through the Indo-Myanmar border since the coup

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Mar 10, 2021 14:04 IST
Myanmar Coup: Anti-Coup protestors enter India amid military crackdown
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According to recent reports, due to a large-scale crackdown by Myanmar security forces against anti-coup protestors, many protestors have been apprehended by Indian security forces near the Indo-Myanmar border.

Ever since the Myanmar Coup., The protestors were trying to enter India to protect themselves from Myanmar security forces who have been ordered to use force against Pro-democracy protestors

Exact numbers have not been revealed, however, Union Home Ministry on Wednesday has given a previous figure which tells that around 325 Mynamar Nationals have been apprehended between 2018-2020 alone. The number has drastically increased since February 2021 after the Myanmar military coup took place. 

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In addition to this, Indian Home Ministry has also stated that around 116 Pakistani and 2,812 Bangladeshi nationals have also tried to enter India by infiltration through their respective borders.

At least 50 people have been killed in anti-military protests since the coup. As Myanmar police fire to disperse protesters as demonstrations spread Concerning such a violent crackdown on civilians, the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said, "It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country." The UN also said more than 1700 have been arbitrarily detained since the military takeover on 1 February

The 2021 Myanmar coup d'état began on the early morning of 1 February 2021 when democratically elected members of Myanmar's ruling party, the National League for Democracy, were deposed by the Tatmadaw—Myanmar's military—which vested power in a stratocracy. 

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