Security has been beefed up along the India-Myanmar border, particularly in Moreh town, as unconfirmed reports circulated on social media on Thursday say the bodies of the two Tamil men shot dead in Tamu, Myanmar has been disposed of.
The report comes in the wake of reported talks between India and Myanmar to retrieve the bodies of the victims. KBS Maniam, secretary of Tamil Sangam said a meeting is convened on Friday to decide further course of action.
"We have heard of the news that the bodies of the two deceased have been disposed of as unclaimed. But how genuine the report is not clear as we have not received words from the authorities concerned. Moreover, we have set a 24-hour deadline urging the state to retrieve the bodies," Maniam said.
Irate mob on Wednesday burnt down a sentry post belonging to the Myanmar military after the two Tamil men of Moreh town were gunned down at Tamu in neighbouring Myanmar. Following it, the district administration imposed prohibitory order under CrPC 144 in the entire town of Moreh until further notice citing apprehension of violence.
Against this backdrop, the residents of the town 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 bringing the Indo-Myanmar trade activities to a complete halt.
The shutdown is likely to continue until the bodies of the two victims are handed over to their families.
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