Internet shut down again, on Manipur edge, death of 2 youths confirmed India News

Imphal residents Hijam Linthongami (17) and Fijam Hemjit (20) went missing on July 6. After months of fearful waiting, their parents’ worst nightmare came true when Two photos emerged that confirmed they were killed.a development that prompted the state government to announce that “swift and decisive” action would be taken against the culprits.

The killings led to fresh Meiteis protests in the valley areas. Conflict-affected Manipur on Tuesday, and mobile internet services, which were restored a few days ago after nearly five months, were shut down again in the evening. The order of the Home Department said that mobile internet services will remain suspended for the next five days.

A photo that emerged shows the two youths sitting outside next to each other, with two men standing behind them with weapons. Another allegedly shows their bodies lying on the ground next to each other, with Hemjit’s head missing.

“His eyes in that picture, I’ve never seen it before. It hurts me so much. Such a deep look full of love and emotion… Why did they kill two children?” Linthongambi’s father Kalajit Hijam told The Indian Express. said at his home in Imphal on Tuesday, a day after the photos surfaced.

Hemjit’s mother, Birudini Devi, said she had lost hope of him returning home alive. “There was no evidence that he had been killed, so even though we suspected it, we couldn’t perform a ritual. Yesterday’s pictures confirm that he was killed. Now I I just want the authorities to hand over a bone or a piece of cloth for the last rites,” she said.

Soon after the pictures surfaced, the Chief Minister’s Secretariat issued a statement confirming that the two people in the picture were the missing youth, and that the case in question had already been referred to the CBI. has been transferred.

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

However, for the families of both, the wait for answers – and their bodies – has already been a long time coming. “When we complained to the police, they only told us that they had gone to a kuki-infested area where they (policemen) were not capable of entering. We were asked to consult the higher authorities. We met the chief minister, the governor and the security adviser. They promised action but nothing happened. If the government officials had been mobilized, the children could have been traced and the miscreants arrested,” ‘ said Birudini Devi.

According to the statements made by Linthongami’s family to the police, she attended classes every morning at a coaching center in Keshampat Muttam Lekai. However, on July 6, she did not return until 8.30 am as usual. When her father, barber Kalajit Singh, tried to call her, she told him that she was coming home, but after a few minutes her phone got disconnected. When CCTV footage from the area revealed that she had accompanied Hemjeet on his bike, the family filed a kidnapping complaint against her with the police. On July 8, an FIR was registered against Hemjeet at the Imphal police station.

However, it soon became clear that the two youngsters were in trouble when it emerged that the last known location of Hijam’s phone was Lamdan in Chorachandpur district, and Hemjit’s family also approached the police. The case later became one of the 11 cases of violence against women and children transferred to the CBI in August, soon after the nude parade and sexual assault of three Kuki Zumi women came to light in late July. After

Incidentally, out of these 11 cases, this is the only case in which the victims belong to the Meitei community.

Meanwhile, massive protests broke out in Imphal on Tuesday demanding justice for the two youths. During the day, protesters including students from schools and colleges in Imphal started marching towards the Chief Minister’s bungalow. They were pushed back by police and Rapid Action Force using tear gas shells.

In the evening, protests continued to intensify, especially in the Sangjami area where security forces once again fired tear gas shells. Officials estimate that more than 40 people were injured during the day. The education department also informed that schools in the state will remain closed on Wednesday and Friday due to the “prevailing law and order situation”, while Thursday is a public holiday.

In the evening, Chief Minister N Baran Singh said: “In light of the distressing news yesterday regarding the tragic death of the missing students, I want to assure the people of the state that both the state and the central government are working together. To nab the culprits. CBI Director along with a special team will arrive in Imphal tomorrow morning in a special flight to speed up this important investigation. It shows the determination of the authorities. I am in constant touch with Hon’ble Union Home Minister Amit Shahji to find the culprits and bring them to justice.”

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A team of 10 officers along with the Special Director of CBI will leave Delhi for Manipur in a special flight on Wednesday morning. Joint director Ghanshyam Upadhyay will join him in Manipur, sources said.

Twenty-four MLAs from Mete also wrote to the Union Home Minister, asking the CBI to “take swift action” to book cases against the culprits, as it did in the earlier viral video case. had gone. Of the three Kuki Zumi women.

The same was quoted by Linthongambi’s father Kolajit: “If the government is really committed, I want justice to be served within seven days – like it was done when the women were stripped.”

© The Indian Express (P) Ltd

First published: 26-09-2023 at 20:21 IST

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