NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India’s northeastern Mizoram state have detained at least seven Myanmar policemen who entered India seeking refuge a month after the country’s powerful military ousted the elected government in a coup, officials said Thursday.
Magistrate Maria Zuali said four policemen arrived in the state’s Champai area on Feb. 28, and local villagers handed them over to state authorities on March 1.
Police officer Lalnunzira, who uses one name, said three other policemen crossed into Indian territory near Lungkawlh village on Wednesday afternoon. The village is 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the border with Myanmar.
“The three policemen said they ran from the country because the Myanmar army was on their trail after they refused to obey some orders,” the police officer said.