In a coordinated effort, 151 Myanmarese soldiers, who sought refuge in Mizoram after facing armed clashes with an ethnic insurgent group in their home country, have been repatriated. The soldiers, who entered southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district on December 29, were airlifted back by the Myanmar Air Force from Aizawl, the capital of the northeastern state. They had crossed the Indian border after their camps near the international borders were overrun by fighters of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group.
Seeking assistance, the Myanmar army personnel with their arms approached the Assam Rifles at Tuisentlang. The para-military force took them into custody at Parva near the international border. This incident follows a similar occurrence in November when 104 Myanmar soldiers fled to Mizoram after their military camps along the Myanmar-India border were overrun by pro-democracy militia, and all of them were subsequently repatriated.