Shiv Sena Manipur Unit president M Tombi on Saturday appealed to respect the dead bodies, stating that 22 persons of Meitei community are still missing in connection with the unrest in Manipur.
Tombi told media at its state party head office, Babupara that as per direction of the Supreme Court, 55 bodies of Kuki who died during the unrest have been handed over to their family members.
The Meitei communities respect the bodies and that is why they have been kept for the last over seven months at the mortuary, he said. If the Meitei community did not respect the bodies, then they could have been disposed of, he added.
Meanwhile, as many as 22 Meiteis are still missing and some suspects in connection with the missing cases have been arrested. If the suspects or the culprits were arrested, then why is the government still unable to find the missing bodies, he questioned.
Shiv Sena is disappointed that the heads of JNIMS and RIMS were not informed while taking out the bodies from the respective mortuary, he said.
Both the government should reconsider why many students, farmers and daily wage workers of the Meitei community started taking up arms.
What is the hidden agenda of both the governments for not taking any action against the 10 Kuki Zo MLAs who tried to disintegrate the territorial boundary of Manipur, he questioned.
“If the MLAs belonged to Shiv Sena, then immediate action would have been taken up against them,” Tombi said.
Manipur is the only land route that can connect other Asian countries by passing Myanmar. Without Manipur in India’s map, the country cannot achieve development by connecting with other Southeast Asian countries, he said.
He further appealed to the Central government to find out the missing people and hand them over to the respective families.