India’s border state of Manipur has withdrawn an order that held officials to “politely turn away” refugees crossing over from Myanmar.
The state’s home ministry said its instructions had been “misconstrued”.
The earlier order was issued amid reports of refugees entering Manipur after a coup in Myanmar last month.
Protestors against the takeover have been met with increasing force- the military is reported to have killed more than 500 people since February 1.
Thousands have reportedly attempted to flee across the border to Thailand too- only to be turned back by Thai soldiers. The government in Bangkok has said it will “respect human rights” of refugees, but wants to avoid an “exodus”.
On Tuesday, the home ministry in Manipur issued a second order saying that the state government was taking “all humanitarian steps” and “continues to provide all aid”, including treating any injured refugees from Myanmar.
While the first order, dated March 26, has said anyone with “grievous injuries” could receive medical attention, it prohibited the setting up of camps that provide food or shelter. It also asked officials to stop any attempts to enroll refugees in India’s national biometric ID scheme, Aadhar.
An agreement between the two countries allows Indians and Burmese to cross the border and stay up to 14 days. But the border has been closed since March last year due to COVID-19.