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How a Secret Network of Volunteers is Helping Hundreds of Myanmar Police Defectors Flee to India

Mar 26, 2021 08:33 PM IST India India
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Over 1000 Myanmar nationals, including 280 Myanmar police personnel, have so far sneaked into Mizoram seeking refuge since late February following military coup and subsequent crackdown on pro-democracy movement in the neighbouring country.
Police personnel have said they fled Myanmar because they feared persecution after refusing to obey the military junta’s orders to shoot protesters.
Their escape – by car, motorcycle and on foot through densely forested terrain – is often guided by volunteer-led groups on both sides of the border, according to accounts from at least 10 people who are involved in the loose-knit network or have used it to cross the border. Once in India, local activists and residents provide food and shelter in safe houses, according to a report by Reuters.

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