Aizawl: Chin National Army (CNA), the armed wing of Chin National Front (CNF), a group fighting for a federal union based on self-determination, ethnic equality and democracy in Myanmar, has sought asylum for their families in Mizoram in the wake of the military coup in the restive country, an official said on Wednesday.
Champhai district deputy commissioner Maria CT Zuali said that the CNA has recently asked for asylum for 40 families.
“The CNA has communicated to the village council president of Farkawn village, who later informed the matter to Champhai district administration,” she said.
Zuali said that she put up the matter before higher authority, which is yet to respond.
On Tuesday, the district administration sounded an alert against the influx of refugees from Myanmar after the military took charge in the neighbouring country.
The deputy commissioner of Champhai district, which shares a border with Myanmar, instructed all villages to inform the district administration if Myanmarese refugees enter their villages.
Mizoram’s shares a 404-km porous international border with Myanmar.
The state has been harbouring thousands of Chin communities from Myanmar, who fled military junta since the late 1980s.
The Chin of Myanmar and the Mizos of India share the same ancestry and culture.
Though many returned to Myanmar after the restoration of democracy in the country, thousands are still living in the state.
With the Myanmar military junta taking power in their hands, there is apprehension that many Myanmarese from Chin state and other regions of Myanmar will flee to Mizoram.
Several political parties, student bodies and civil society organisations in Mizoram blamed the Myanmar military for staging a coup and demanded the restoration of democracy in the restive country.