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21 Indians face trial in Myanmar

The Indians, most of them from Manipur, were arrested on charges of illegal timber trafficking.

india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 12:00 IST

Twenty-one Indian nationals, including a six-year-old boy, will face a trial in a court in Myanmar after being arrested on charges of illegal timber trafficking, a report said.

The group was arrested near the India-Myanmar border May 6 along with three trucks near Aisi village in Tonzang area.

"They were also charged with illegally crossing the international boundary," Mizzima News quoted a Tonzang lawyer as saying.

The Indians, most of whom are from the northeastern state of Manipur, were in police custody and expected to face the trial Monday. The arrest and the trial come in the wake of a fresh Myanmarese military crackdown on those involved in the illegal timber trade.

Last week authorities in northern Shan state of Myanmar deported more than 400 Chinese who had been detained for illegal timber smuggling.