The chief minister of Myanmar’s Chin state, Salai Lian Luai, has taken refuge in Mizoram along with 9,246 people due to a military coup in the neighbouring country in February on Tuesday.
Chin, a state in Western Myanmar, shares its Western border with Mizoram.
“The Chin state chief minister crossed the international border and entered Champhai town on Monday night,” an officer told PTI.
As per the PTI report, 24 lawmakers, including Luai, of Aung San Suu Kyis party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have taken shelter in different parts of Mizoram.
The Myanmarese nationals are provided with shelter and food by civil society organisations and student bodies, while many are sheltered by the locals, the senior police officer said.
A large section of those who have taken refuge in the state belong to the Chin, also known as the Zo community.
They share the same ancestry and culture as the Mizos of Mizoram.
The data of Mizoram police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) showed on Tuesday that a total of 9,247 people of Myanmar are currently staying in at least 10 districts of the state.