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Manipur Government withdraws order on Myanmar refugees

Days after Chief Minister Biren Singh-led Manipur Government issued an order directing Deputy Commissioners of four districts to refrain from setting up food and shelter camps for Myanmar citizens entering India

Manipur Government

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  31 March 2021 5:44 AM GMT

IMPHAL: Days after Chief Minister Biren Singh-led Manipur Government issued an order directing Deputy Commissioners of four districts to refrain from setting up food and shelter camps for Myanmar citizens entering India due to the ongoing crisis in the neighbouring country, it has withdrawn the same after facing backlash on social media, stating that the order "have been misconstrued and interpreted differently". The order issued on March 26 addressed to the deputy commissioners of Chandel, Tengnoupal, Kamjong, Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts, directed to take appropriate actions regarding the "illegal entry of Myanmarese nationals".

According to the order, only medical attention can be provided in case of "grievous injuries" on "humanitarian consideration". The order also said that those seeking refuge should be "politely turned away". It asked to ensure that Aadhar enrolment was stopped immediately and the kits used in the procedure were taken to safe custody. It further urged to submit an 'action taken report' on the matter by today (March 30). Meanwhile, the letter which has spread across social media has been criticized by many. (Agencies)

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