Horror in Manipur, pictures show 2 students dead, 2 gunmen behind them

Horror in Manipur, pictures show 2 students dead, 2 gunmen behind them

17-year-old students Hejam Linthongambi and 20-year-old Feijam Hemjit before they were killed in Manipur.

Imphal/New Delhi:

The Manipur government today said it will ensure “swift and decisive” action after photos of the bodies of two youths who went missing in July surfaced on social media.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was probing the case, though the bodies of the two youths have not been found yet.

The photos show two youths from the Mete community – Hejam Linthongambi, 17, and Fajam Hemjit, 20 – sitting in a grass compound in what appears to be a makeshift jungle camp of an armed group.

Ms Linthongambi is in a white T-shirt while Mr Himjeet, holding a rucksack and in a checked shirt, looks on. Two men with guns are clearly visible behind them.

In the next picture, their bodies are seen lying on the ground.

The bodies of two youths killed in a camp of alleged armed groups have been found in Manipur.

Bodies of two youths killed in a camp of an alleged armed group have been found in Manipur.

The case has sparked widespread outrage across the country, with many questioning why it took the police so long to crack the case.

In July, the two youths were spotted on CCTV cameras installed at the shops, but could not be traced.

The people with direct knowledge of the matter, who requested anonymity, said that investigators are using advanced cyber techniques to possibly clarify the images and determine the identities of the two men in the background. Forensic tools will be used.

“It has come to the notice of the state government that photographs of two students missing since July 2023 have surfaced on social media. It may be noted that the case has already been handed over to the CBI. The people of the state wishes,” the Manipur government said in a statement today.

Two youths from Manipur went missing during the communal violence in July.

Two youths from Manipur went missing during the communal violence in July.

“The state police, in collaboration with central security agencies, are actively investigating the case to determine the circumstances surrounding their disappearance and to identify the culprits who killed the two students. The security forces have arrested the culprits. “A search operation has also been started to nab,” the government said.

The government said it would take “swift and decisive action” against all those involved in the abduction and murder of Mr Hemjit and Ms Linthongambi. He appealed to the public to remain calm and let investigators do their work.

Ethnic violence between the hill-majority Kuki tribes and the Valley-majority Mayites erupted on May 3, following protests by the Kukis demanding Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. More than 180 have been killed and thousands have been internally displaced.

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