Imphal, Nov. 16: The two Myanmarese nationals killed by the Assam Rifles in Chandel district of Manipur were identified by Lamkhawgen Vaiphei, the president of Vaiphei Students Association, Manipur, today.
The duo — Letkhanhao Vaiphei, 29, and his younger brother Khupthenkham, 25, were from Namphalong in Tamu district of Myanmar sharing border with Chandel district.
The two belonged to the Vaiphei community. Lamkhawgen Vaiphei represented the relatives of the deceased.
Police sources here said that post-mortem was conducted and the bodies were taken to the border township of Moreh.
“The authorities at Moreh will hand over the bodies to their Tamu counterparts,” a police source here said.
Troops of the 31 Assam Rifles gunned down the two youths in an encounter in the wee hours of Friday near Kwatha village along the Indo-Myanmar border. The Assam Rifles claimed to have seized an AK-47 rifle, a Chinese hand grenade and a radio set.
The chairman of the Tamu District Peace and Development Council, Aung Oo, wrote to the additional deputy commissioner of Chandel, T. Hopson Chothe, yesterday claiming that the two were Myanmarese nationals.
The Tamu authorities also demanded that the bodies be handed over to them.
Namphalong located just across Moreh is Myanmar’s border trade centre. As people residing on either side are free to cross the border up to 20 km, those living on two sides get to know one another.
Thoubal killing: Police gunned down a suspected militant at Khongjom in Thoubal district of Manipur at 11.30pm last night. A 9mm pistol with two bullets was found on him. The body is yet to be identified. In another incident, two unidentified persons shot at and injured Lourembam Tejmani Singh, 37, at Kangjabi Leirak in Imphal West district this morning.
The duo came to his house and left after firing a shot in his right thigh. Tejmani has been admitted to the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences.