IMPHAL- Security has been beefed up in Manipur’s Churachandpur district, where Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) have planned mass burial of slain Kukis on Thursday.
After nearly three months of Manipur ethnic conflict, the Indigenous Tribal Leaders’ Forum (ITLF) is set to bury the deceased members belonging to Kuki-Zo community in Churachandpur district on Thursday.
According to ITLF, the final tribute to the Kuki-Zo tribal martyrs is scheduled to be held at 11 am onwards in Peace Ground, Tuibong and the mortal remains of the members will be laid to rest at Haolai Khopi.
According to sources, there are at least 30-35 bodies who were killed in the ethnic violence are lying at Churachandpur district hospital morgue. However, the exact number of dead bodies belonging to Kuki-Zo community which are still lying in Imphal are yet to be confirmed.
On the other side, women are vehemently opposed to the mass cremation of Kuki victims on August 3rd in Torbung. Women from all over Manipur stormed the DC office in Bishnupur today, demanding that the mass burial of numerous corpses at the sericulture complex in Torbung Bangla be stopped because it will worsen the state’s current crisis and that security measures be put in place to prevent any further untoward incidents.
In a press statement, the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) also strongly objects to the plan for mass cremation of Kuki dead bodies tomorrow the 3rd Aug, 2023 at the Torbung area. COCOMI also appeal the govt to do something which will proof that The Rule of Law prevails in the entire state of Manipur.
Meanwhile, Security has been further beefed up in Churachandpur district. A large gathering of tribals is expected to be held in Churachandpur on Thursday on account of the mass burial.
Police sources said that additional security forces have been deployed in the mass burial site and adjoining areas to prevent any untoward incident.