After it sparked massive outrage, the Manipur government on Tuesday withdrew its March 26 order, where it had asked district officials to not allow anyone from Myanmar to cross over. 

On March 26, the state Home department had instructed the deputy commissioners of Chandel, Kamjong, Ukhrul, Tengnoupal, and Churachandpur to stop Aadhar enrolments immediately and take the kits used in the procedure into safe custody.

“It appears that the contents of the letter have been misconstrued and interpreted differently… In order to avoid this misunderstanding, I am directed to convey the decision of the government that it has decided to withdraw the letter dated 26.03.2021 mentioned above,” H Gyan Prakash, Special Home Secretary to the state government, said in a letter dated March 29, 2021.

The letter added that the state government has been taking all necessary humanitarian steps, including treating Myanmar refugees in Imphal. 

“The state government continues to provide all aid,” the letter added.

Also read: Politely turn away Myanmar nationals: Manipur govt to border districts  

In its March 26 order, the Manipur government had called for five steps: 

1. District administration should not open any camps to provide food and shelter.

2. The civil society organisations also should not be allowed to open any camps to provide shelter/food

3. In case of grievous injuries, medical attention may be provided on humanitarian grounds

4. People trying to enter/seek refuge should be politely turned away

5. Aadhar enrolment should be stopped immediately and Aadhaar enrolment kits taken into safe custody. 

Earlier this month, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh told EastMojo in an exclusive interview that the state government was ready to provide shelter. 

“I am really worried,” Chief Minister Singh told EastMojo in an exclusive interview at his residence in Imphal on March 8.

“The decision to lend a helping hand has to be taken nationally… As an immediate neighbouring state CM, we are prepared to welcome any civilian who may cross over from Myanmar due to military atrocities,” he said, hinting that the state government is prepared to act if such instructions come from the Centre. “So all people, whoever comes, we will give shelter, we will serve them, we will protect them. That kind of things we have already prepared for,” he said. 

Also read: Runaway Myanmarese with bullet injuries in Imphal for treatment

On March 10, even as dozens from Myanmar, including police personnel, crossed over to Mizoram, the Centre issued clear instructions to Myanmar border states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur to take appropriate action to prevent influx into Indian territories. 

Also read: 3 Myanmar nationals cross into India with serious bullet wounds

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