India for Myanmar, an aid group assisting refugees from Myanmar, has reported that at least 170 refugees have been detained by Indian authorities in northeast India’s Manipur state since January.
The refugees were arrested by a special commando team during door-to-door raids on 17 villages in Moreh township’s Lawngtlai district.
According to Salai Dokhar, the founder of India for Myanmar, the authorities have been collecting population data in each house for about a month, which has led to many people fleeing and war-torn refugee schools being closed.
This is the fifth time in two years that the police have targeted the refugees, and the organization believes that the authorities have a plan once they have the statistics.
Since the military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, more than 10,000 refugees have crossed the border into Manipur.
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