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The Union Home Ministry has asked the northeastern states to maintain strict vigil along the Myanmar border so that all possible influx from across the border could be stopped.

In a communication to state governments of Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, the Home Ministry said that exceptions could be made for those who flee in extreme situations on humanitarian grounds.

Officials in the home ministry said that all the four state governments have been asked to maintain strict vigil.

“Government of India is aware of the developments that are taking place in Myanmar…but we can’t allow everybody to enter into India,” the home ministry stated in its communication.

The Centre has taken a strong note of the fact that following the coup in Myanmar, hundreds of people from that country have entered India and taken shelter.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh during his meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recently reportedly expressed his concern over the issue and said that his state government can give shelter to the people coming from Myanmar “if centre agrees”.

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