India’s border state of Manipur has withdrawn an order that told officials to “politely turn away” refugees crossing over from Myanmar.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.
Protesters against the takeover have been met with increasing force – the military is reported to have killed more than 500 people since 1 February.
Thousands have reportedly been attempting 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”.
There has been outrage around the world at the bloodshed resulting from use of lethal force by the Myanmar security forces against unarmed civilians.