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Bodies of 64 people killed during Manipur violence handed over to relatives, 6 not identified

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Manipur was in the grip of caste violence for several months.

New Delhi: The bodies of 64 people killed during caste violence in Manipur were handed over to their families on Thursday amid tight security. According to a report of a committee formed by the Supreme Court to investigate the violence, 175 people have died in the violence, out of which 169 bodies have been identified, that is, 6 bodies have not been identified. Officials said that these bodies were kept in the morgues of hospitals. Of these, 60 people killed during the violence that started in Manipur in May were from the Kuki community. He said that 4 other bodies were of people of Meitei community.

Violence broke out in Kuki and Meitei communities

Let us tell you that in May, ethnic violence broke out between the majority Meitei living in the Imphal Valley in Manipur and the Kuki communities living in the hilly areas. The organization ‘Committee on Tribal Unity’ said in a statement that the last rites of the ‘Kuki people killed in the violence’ will be performed at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Faizang on Friday. The organization has called for a complete 12-hour shutdown within Sadar Hills Kangpokpi from 5 am to 5 pm on Friday for the funeral rites and has appealed to the general public to cooperate.

A committee of 3 former judges was formed in August

The Supreme Court in August had formed a committee comprising three former high court judges – Justice Gita Mittal, Justice Shalini Joshi and Asha Menon – to look into the relief measures, compensation and rehabilitation work in violence-hit Manipur. On the report of the committee, the Supreme Court had issued instructions to ensure burial or cremation of the bodies kept in mortuaries in Manipur. According to the report, 175 people have died during caste violence, out of which 169 bodies have been identified. The Supreme Court had said that out of 169 identified bodies, only 81 were claimed by relatives.

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