Mizoram has urged the Centre not to send back Myanmar nationals, who have taken refuge in the State, in the wake of civil uprising following the military coup in the neighbouring country last month.
The development came days after a Mizoram MP had informed the parliament that over 300 Myanmar nationals have already crossed to Mizoram following the military coup and also urged the Centre to change its foreign policy towards Myanmar and not send back the Myanmar nationals, who have taken refuge in India.
A the behest of chief minister Zoramthanga, a delegation from Mizoram comprising of two each of MPs from the state and state ruling party Mizo National Front (MNF) leaders on Thursday called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai at the national capital on issue related to the escaped Myanmar nationals in Mizoram.
The delegation emphasised the pressing need to extend necessary help and support to Myanmar nationals, who have become victims of atrocities and military highhandedness since the military junta had taken power in the neighbouring country on February 1.
The team which comprised of Lok Sabha MP C Lalrosanga, Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena, MNF leader and State planning board vice chairman H Rammawi and MNF party adviser Rosangzuala also urged the Centre not to deport the Myanmar nationals, who have crossed over to India due to humanitarian crisis, as sending them back is impossible until normalcy returns in the South East Asian country.
It urged the Centre to provide relief and other humanitarian aids to the Myanmar nationals in Mizoram.
The delegation further told Rai that India should take a pro-active role and raise a stronger voice in support of people fighting for restoration of democracy in Myanmar.