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Manipur's Moreh residents resolve not to enter Myanmar

Following the killing of two auto rickshaw drivers in Myanmar's Tamu, Tamil Sangam convened a meeting to decide further course of action and set a 24-hour deadline for the state to retrieve the bodies.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 11 Jul 2022, 4:32 am

Moreh, Manipur (Photo: IFP)
Moreh, Manipur (Photo: IFP)

 

The communities residing at the border town of Moreh in Manipur on Saturday resolved not to cross the border and enter Myanmar. The decision was taken at a meeting held at the office of Tamil Sangam Moreh.

The meeting also resolved that business at Moreh town will continue with shops to remain open as usual. It also resolved that the shops at Moreh town will install CCTV cameras.

The move came after two auto rickshaw drivers, hailing from Moreh were shot dead by armed miscreants at Tamu Ward No 10 near Buddhist Temple in Myanmar at around 12.30 pm on Tuesday.

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Both the deceased are Tamil residents and identified as one M Iyanar ,28, son of (L) Murga of Moreh, Ward No IV, Phaicham Veng and L Mohon ,27, son of (L) Perumal of Moreh Ward No II Gamnom Veng.

The bodies had been transferred to Tamu Hospital. However, the Myanmar authorities are yet to hand over the bodies till date.

Meanwhile, the identity of the killers and the motive behind the crime are yet to be ascertained.

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Condemning the incident, members of All Moreh Auto Owners and Drivers’ Welfare Association, Moreh ceased work for a day and demonstrated a protest at sunrise ground, Moreh Ward No V. A protest meet was also carried out by leaders of all communities at Tamil Sangam.

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At the meeting held on Saturday, it was also announced that a financial aid of Rs 25, 000 each were handed over to the families of late P Mohon and M Iyanar.

In the meantime, Security has been beefed up along the Indo-Myanmar border particularly in Moreh town as unconfirmed reports circulated on social media on Thursday claimed that the bodies of the two Tamil men shot dead in Tamu, Myanmar have been disposed of.

The report came in the wake of reported talks between India and Myanmar to retrieve the bodies of the victims.

Tamil Sangam had convened a meeting on Friday to decide further course of action. It had also set a 24-hour deadline urging the state to retrieve the bodies.

Irate mob on Wednesday burned down a sentry post belonging to the Myanmar military after the two Tamil men of Moreh town were killed at Tamu in neighbouring Myanmar.

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Following this, the district administration imposed prohibitory order under CrPC 144 in the entire town of Moreh until further notice citing apprehension of violence.

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Against this backdrop, the residents of the town had submitted a memorandum to the district administration addressed to the chief minister.

One of the main demands included initiating immediate necessary formalities with Myanmar counterparts to hand over the bodies within 24 hours.

All business establishments, and passenger services among others remained shut in Moreh town since Wednesday in protest against the incident. Moreover, residents from both sides of the border have stopped crossing over as tension ran high.

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First published:10 Jul 2022, 5:46 am

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Manipurmorehmyanmartamuauto rickshaw driverscrime murdertamil sangam

IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur

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