Manipur: Moreh in volatile situation; Myanmar Army outpost burnt

Moreh, July 06 2022: Incensed over the non handing of the mortal remains of the two Indians who were shot dead in Myanmar’s Tamu yesterday, a large number of Moreh denizens entered some metres inside the neighbouring country and burnt an outpost of Myanmar Army today.

The protesters also pelted stones toward some shops and hotels near the border area on the Myanmar side.

The people from Myanmar side also pelted stones toward the protesters and in the process two Moreh denizens were hurt.

It is reported that a team of security forces has been deployed at the Sunrise Ground near the border.

In view of the volatile situation, Tengnoupal DC Mannuamching has clamped CrPc 144 in the whole of Moreh Town and prohibited assembly of five or more persons and carrying of stones, sticks firearms without valid license and objects of any description which can be used as offensive weapons.

The DC also advised all inhabitants of Moreh and surrounding villages and visitors not to venture to Myanmar side without proper documents or permits.

Denouncing the murder of two Indians, members of All Moreh Auto Owners & Drivers’ Welfare Association (AMAO&DWA) staged a protest demonstration at Sunrise Ground, Moreh Ward number 2 .

Speaking to media persons, AMAO&DWA president Yamthong Haokip said that the two Tamils who were killed at Tamu were auto drivers who provided for the needs of their respective families.

Saying that they went to Tamu to attend a birthday party of a friend, he asserted that killing them after severe beating was inhuman and the association condemns it in the strongest terms.

Yamthong Haokip further said that there has always been a cordial relationship between the people of Moreh and Tamu since the past and people have been criss crossing the border for work and other purposes without any fear of repercussions.

He urged the State Government to extend some sort of compensation to the victims’ families and also assist in taking back the bodies from Myanmar authority.

Later, hundreds of people took out a peace rally at Moreh town denouncing the murder of the two Indians.

Meanwhile six Moreh based organisations have submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh demanding immediate action to retrieve the bodies of the two Tamil youths killed at Tamu, Myanmar yesterday.

A statement issued by the Moreh based Hill Tribal Council, Tamil Sangam, Meitei Council, Manipuri Muslim Council, Gorkha Samaj Sewa Samiti and All Community Development Organisation has demanded the State Government to initiate the necessary formalities with Myanmar to ensure safe handing over of the mortal remains of the two deceased Tamil youths within 24 hours.

The six organisations have further demanded the State Government to pay ex-gratia to the bereaved families of both the deceased.

The statement also condemned the act of violence perpetrated on the two innocent civilians from Moreh.

The six organisations further cautioned that if their reasonable demands are not met in time then they will resort to a series of agitations.

Copies of the memorandum were submitted to the local MLA, Tengnoupal DC and SP and Assam Rifles to claim the bodies within 24 hours and provide compensation to the victims’ families.

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