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Aizawl: Zo Reunification Organisation (ZORO), a Mizoram based Chin-Kuki-Mizo-Zomi group representing the Zo indigenous people of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, on Friday wrote separately to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging them to impose sanctions on the military-led Myanmar government.

The letters were submitted through state governor PS Sreedharan Pillai.

In similar letters to the President and Prime Minister, the organisation urged the Centre to impose sanctions on Myanmar military for its indulgence in human rights violation and staging the coup in the neighbouring country.

The organisation has sought Delhi’s help in restoration of democracy in Myanmar and immediate release of state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Wint Myint and leaders of National League for Democracy (NLD), who have been detained after the military junta seized control over the democratically-elected Myanmar government on February 1.

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In view of refugee influx from the neighbouring country, the ZORO has urged the Centre to not send back Myanmar nationals who crossed the international border and have taken refuge in India fleeing the military regime but instead provide them with shelter and other humanitarian aids.

It further asked the NDA government at the Centre to come forward to solve the current political crisis in the neighbouring country.

“We request you to take up the matter on a war footing to save innocent lives and in the best interest of supporting democracy in line with the international community,” the letters said.

Headquartered in Aizawl, ZORO is the group which seeks re-unification of all Zo ethnic people across three countries and bringing them under one administrative unit.

Mizoram’s six districts- Champhai, Lawngtlai, Siaha, Saitual, Hnahthial and Serchhip- share a 510 km long porous international border with Myanma’s Chin state.

Traditionally, the Mizos of Mizoram and Myanmar’s Chin communities have strong kinship ties.

Fleeing the military regime, several people from Myanmar, including policemen crossed the Indian border and have taken refuge in Mizoram since late February.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga had earlier announced that his government will provide shelter and other relief to the Myanmar refugees on humanitarian grounds.

While some refugees are being provided with food and shelter by district administration, several have been reportedly accommodated by the locals in remote villages near the Myanmar border, an official said.

Another official said that the state government is yet to receive a “direction” from the Centre on future treatment of the Myanmar refugees. 

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