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Skeletons found in Manipur landslide debris

The skeletons were found around 6.30-7 pm on Wednesday by the rescue team from a spot where one of the 13 missing used to run a shop, as per sources.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 8 Jul 2022, 10:49 am

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The ongoing search and rescue mission that was launched after the massive landslide struck Makhuam village in Noney district, Manipur took an unusual turn on Wednesday when the rescue team dug up suspected human skeletons.

The skeletons were found around 6.30-7 pm by the rescue team from a spot where one villager, who is among the missing 13, used to run a paan shop, as per sources.    

Besides the skeletons, leafs from a 2019 diary were also found. One page with the date January 30/31 had a tree and Rongmei houses drawn by children, sources said. The page with the date March 1/2 had records of credit paid to a Rongmei community, it said.

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Considering that the missing two families from Marangching Part IV opened shops, it is believed that the diary could be linked to them.

The names of missing villagers are Kabamgai Gondaimei, 29, son of Lungaiphum Gondaimei; Chunthuiliu Gondaimei, 28, wife of Kabamgai; Jianthaoliu, one-year and eight-month-old, daughter of Kabamgai Gondaimei; Lungpuilam Gondaimei, 30, son of  Meidinlung Gondaimei and Thuisinlim Gondaimei, 27, wife of Lungpuilam. They all hailed from Marangching Part-IV.

On learning that the two families reared lots of pig and goats, doubts have been raised whether the skeletons are of cattle or humans.   

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The skeletons have now been transferred to JNIMS mortuary. A DNA test will be carried out to confirm whether the bones are of human or cattle, as per sources.

Meanwhile, Day Eight of the rescue operation turned out unfruitful as no bodies could be found on Thursday. As many as 48 bodies have been recovered so far, but 13 remained missing, as per official sources.

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First published:7 Jul 2022, 5:22 pm

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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