The Committee on Tribal Unity Sadar Hills, (CoTU) Kangpokpi has made a decision to claim the bodies of Kuki-Zo people who were killed in the conflict in Manipur since May 3 and are currently in various morgues in the Imphal valley.
CoTU however clarified that the decision is not a peace initiative. It said claiming the bodies lying in Imphal valley is an independent initiative and not of the government’s efforts to restoring peace in Manipur.
According to Lun Kipgen, the Media Cell Coordinator of CoTU, the committee, along with the families of the victims and district authorities, has agreed to bury all the bodies with full honors at the Martyrs Cemetery in Phaijang Village, Kangpokpi District.
The specific date for the funeral has not been decided so far.
Lun Kipgen appealed the puplic and civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Imphal valley not to disrupt the movement of transporting the bodies until they reach the burial site.