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Clash reported between Myanmar troops and Arakan Army near Mizoram

Tension prevails as Indian troops round up villagers in remote villages; PRISM alleges human right violation 

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Tension prevailed in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district after Indian troops have allegedly rounded up and gathered villagers in remote areas bordering Myanmar in the wake of reported clashes between Myanmar Army and Rakhine based militant group Arakan Army (AA).

Sources from Lawngtlai said the Indian troops have gathered residents of a 350 housed Vathuampui village in south-western part of Lawngtlai district on Wednesday under the pretext of free medical camp.

The residents, however, were told not to venture along the Indo-Myanmar border to avoid any untoward incident, sources added.

Some media reports said that the home ministry has sent at least two additional companies of Assam Rifles and Assam Regiment to the Indo-Myanmar border in southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district following fresh clashes between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army.

About 200 Indian troops entered Vathuampui last week, which was followed by the entry of nearly 500 troops to the border village this week, sources from Lawngtlai said.

The Indian troops are to be deployed in south-western part of Lawngtlai district along the Myanmar border to protect border and prevent entry of militants, sources added.

The movement of Indian troops in the wake of fresh arm conflict between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army is doing round in social media sparking panic.

Residents of remote villages along the Indo-Myanmar border are under panic as they were sceptical about the movement of Indian troops, which was unusual and not similar to a routine exercise.

A local resident of Lawngtlai town said the residents of the border villages have witnessed military exercise or mock drill for many years, but the presence of huge Indian troops and their movement in the border area has caused suspicion as it is unlikely to be a routine exercise.

A Myanmar based news agency “Irrawady” on Monday reported that Indian troops have seal off the Indo-Myanmar border as fighting intensifies in the area between Myanmar Army and AA.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that residents of Vathuampui, Laitlang and Zochachhuah villages are being rounded up by Indian troops simply to inform that they should not venture out in jungle as the troops are carrying out routine exercise.

He said that there is nothing to be panic as the state police have so far received no reports of militants crossing the international border and gun battle between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army near the Indo-Myanmar border on Mizoram side.

The officer, however, said that the home ministry has not given clear cut information about the movement of Indian troops to the Indo-Myanmar border.

Sources said that some police officers and constables were sent to Lawngtlai district on Thursday to take stock of the situation.

Aizawl: Tension prevailed in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district after Indian troops have allegedly rounded up and gathered villagers in remote villages bordering Myanmar in the wake of reported arms clashes between Myanmar Army and Rakhine based militant group Arakan Army (AA).

Sources from Lawngtlai said the Indian troops have gathered residents of a 350 housed Vathuampui village in south-western part of Lawngtlai district on Wednesday under the pretext of free medical camp.

The residents, however, were told not to venture along the Indo-Myanmar border to avoid untoward incident, sources added.

Some media reports said that the home ministry has sent at least two additional companies of Assam Rifles and Assam Regiment to the Indo-Myanmar border in southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district following fresh clashes between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army.

About 200 Indian troops entered Vathuampui last week, which was followed by the entry of nearly 500 troops to the border village this week, sources from Lawngtlai said.

The Indian troops are to be deployed in south-western part of Lawngtlai district along the Myanmar border to protect border and prevent entry of militants, sources added.

The movement of Indian troops in the wake of fresh arm conflict between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army is doing round in social media sparking panic.

Residents of remote villages along the Indo-Myanmar border are under panic as they were sceptical about the movement of Indian troops, which was unusual and not similar to a routine exercise.

A local resident of Lawngtlai town said the residents of the border villages have witnessed military exercise or mock drill for many years, but the presence of huge Indian troops and their movement in the border area has caused suspicion as it is unlikely to be a routine exercise.

A Myanmar based news agency “Irrawady” on Monday reported that Indian troops have seal off the Indo-Myanmar border as fighting intensifies in the area between Myanmar Army and AA.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that residents of Vathuampui, Laitlang and Zochachhuah villages are being rounded up by Indian troops simply to inform that they should not venture out in jungle as the troops are carrying out routine exercise.

He said that there is nothing to be panic as the state police have so far received no reports of militants crossing the international border and gun battle between Myanmar Army and Arakan Army near the Indo-Myanmar border on Mizoram side.

The officer, however, said that the home ministry has not given clear cut information about the movement of Indian troops to the Indo-Myanmar border.

Sources said that some police officers and constables were sent to Lawngtlai district on Thursday to take stock of the situation.