Kangpokpi district witnessed a 12-hour total shutdown on Friday, hoisted black flags and mourned during the burial ceremony of the Kuki-Zo dead bodies in the ongoing ethnic violence in Manipur since May 3.
Twenty-three dead bodies including four untraceable/missing dead bodies were given a decent and honorable burial on Friday at Martyrs Cemetery at Phaijang village in Kangpokpi district.
The dead body of a Meitei woman, Lydia Lourembam, wife of Lourembam Inaoton, who was burnt alive along with Tonsing Hangshing and Meena Hangshing in the infamous ambulance incident was also among the dead bodies buried on Friday.
Kuki Inpi Manipur, Sadar Hills Chiefs’ Association, and various other civil society organizations, Kuki-Zo prominent leaders across the district and state also attended the mass burial ceremony.
Lourembam Inaoton, a Meitei by ethnicity, and husband of Lydia Lourembam said that he had been leading a miserable life till he received the dead bodies of my wife.
“It’s very difficult to explain how my life was before her lifeless body reached me, but, now, I am fine as she got a decent and honourable burial today”, he added.
All business establishments, schools, and institutions apart from vehicular movement came to a standstill today in Kangpokpi district during CoTU’s 12-hour total shutdown.