Death bodies, which are victims of the Manipur violence that broke out on May 3, that have been lying in the hospital morgues were handed over to their kin today. Quoting official source News agency PTI said that all the 64 lifeless bodies lying in the hospital morgues were handed over to their kin on Thursday.
Among these are the bodies of 60 Kuki victims who lost their lives during the violence that gripped the border state in May. These had been kept at hospital morgues in Imphal.
The four other bodies are of Meitei victims who had been kept in Churachandpur hospitals. The dead bodies of the Kuki-Zo community kept at the mortuaries of the hospital at Imphal were airlifted in the early morning today amid tight security.
Two choppers were pressed into services for the transportation of the bodies.
Report said that the Manipur tribal body, Joint Philanthropic Organisation (JPO), has confirmed that the bodies of Kuki-Zo members lying at the Imphal morgue have been airlifted today.
As per sources, the bodies of Kuki-Zo members reached Motbung LS ground Kangpokpi District which has been lying at the morgue since violence broke down in May 2023.
Further, the tribal body to honour the dead has urged all shops and vendors to be shut down including vehicles, and business establishments from 2:00 pm today.
Meanwhile, 41 bodies will be sent to Churachanpur and 19 to Kangpokpi district.
Last month, the Supreme Court directed the Manipur government to make arrangements for the dignified burial of the unidentified victims of the ethnic violence. The bench, headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, had ordered the government to ensure “decent and dignified burial” of the unidentified and unclaimed bodies.