News of Myanmar authorities disposing off dead bodies leads to rise in tension in Moreh

Imphal: Tensions ran high in Manipur’s Moreh on Friday as reports of Myanmar authorities disposing off the dead bodies of two Indian nationals killed in Tamu town of that country went viral on social media.

Following the reports, which Indian authorities in the border town are yet to confirm, security measures have been further enhanced to check any untoward incident, reports said.

The two Indian youths were shot dead by armed miscreants at Tamu town where they went to attend a birthday party of their friend on July 5. The reports of disposing off the dead bodies as unclaimed bodies came at a time when Indian authorities were communicating with the Myanmar authorities to hand over the dead bodies.

High ranking officials of the Manipur state government including an IG of the state police camping in the border town today visited the houses of the two deceased and shared their grieves.

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Even as the officials repeatedly wrote to the Myanmar authorities to communicate the latest development, no response came forth from the Myanmar side till date, they informed. They, however, added that they will continue to press Myanmar authorities to hand over the bodies. The matter has also been taken up through the External Affairs ministry, they informed the family members.

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The officials also met with the leaders of the various Moreh based civil society organisations and informed about the steps being initiated from the Indian side to hand over the bodies.
Meanwhile, normal life has been affected in the Moreh town for the last two days owing to the total shutdown in protest against the killing of the youths coupled with restrictions imposed in the town under section 144 of CrPC.


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