After reaching an understanding with the state government, the mortal remains of the deceased Late Thotreichan Kashang and late Naosomi Lungleng laid to rest at their native Sinakeithei village late Tuesday evening.
The two deceased bodies were brought from JNIMS Imphal to their native village at around 4pm Tuesday.
It may be recalled that CSOs Ukhrul and JAC had been protesting state government over the prolonged delay in delivering justice in the alleged murder case. The joint resolution of the joint Tangkhul CSOs had resolved that they will not claim the dead bodies until the culprits are nabbed.
Meanwhile, acting on the understanding reached, state government had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the chairmanship of Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) with DIG (Range II) and Special AIG (Housing) as members to carry out the investigations into the brutal death of two deceased.
Yurthing Kasar, JAC Convener – formed in connection with the two deceased – informed that in yesterday’s discussion with chief minister N Biren Singh which was attended among others by MLA Khashim, former Manipur Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Preshaw Shimray and BJP leader Somatai, state government had assured to give an ex-gratia of five lakhs each and a commensurate posts to the next kith and kin of the two deceased family.
Expressing his special thanks to 45-Chingai AC MLA Khashim Vashum, Yurthing said the sitting MLA of Chingai assembly constituency had rendered immense help and support to the JAC in many ways since the inception of the committee till the time special investigation team to probe the case was formed.
The two deceased Thotreichan Kashung, aged 31 and Naosomi Lungleng, aged 29 of Sinakeithei village under 44-Ukhrul AC went missing on August 4, 2021. Their highly decomposed dead bodies were found thrown nearby village gate in Ihang river banks at around 3 pm on August 8.
“Had a meeting with the CSOs of Ukhrul last night regarding the death of Thotreichan Kashung (31) and Naosomi Lungleng (29) who are residents of Sinakeithei village, chief minister N. Biren said in his Facebook post.
“We come to an understanding, a Special Investigating Team under the chairmanship of IG (Intelligence) has been constituted with DIG (Range II) and Special AIG (Housing) as members to carried out investigations into death of deceased. The families along with the CSOs will be taking the bodies for their last rituals,” chief minister Biren said.
Dismayed with the long delay in delivering justice and arrest of culprits behind the murder of the two villagers, the Sinakeithei youths on Monday (August 16) took out a protest rally demanding impartial investigation and swift justice.
Signaling their vehement protest and resentment against the prolonged delay in delivering justice, the village youth who were joined by the Tangkhul civil bodies leaders, area village leaders including Kuki Students Organisation, Bungpi block, Meitei, Nepalis and the public, holding placards, slogans such as “We want clean and clear investigation,” “Don’t delay justice,” “Justice for Thotreichan and Naosomi,” “Do villagers deserve justice, Yes!,” “Expedite police investigation,” etc were raised at the village ground.
The joint resolution at Sinakeithei village led by Tangkhul Naga Long comprised of all civil bodies including Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long, Tangkhul Naga Zingtun Longphang, Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong, Tangkhul Shanaolong Long, Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long, and 18 Sagolmang area village authorities have re-affirmed and resolved that they will not claim the dead bodies until the culprits are nabbed.
The joint resolution had also warned that “any untoward escalation and incident that occur within the time will be soley held accountable to the Manipur government.”
The apex Tangkhul Naga Long led joint civil bodies of Tangkhul frontal organisations and Sagolmang area village authority took the decision following prolonged delay in delivering prompt justices in the alleged murder case.
From the horrific nature and extent of injuries of the duo, it is clear that the two Sinakeithei villagers were murdered and executed in a barbaric, cold blooded, premeditated manner as they were bound and blindfolded without provocation, the statement issued by joint Tangkhul civil organisation on August 16 had alleged.