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Missing traders found dead

Imphal, Feb. 20: The bodies of two Indian traders who had gone missing at Tamu town in Myanmar were found along Manipur’s border with the neighbouring country this morning. The bodies bore torture marks.

Police said Sanvendar Singh, 30, of Uttar Pradesh and Daljeet Singh, 33, of Mumbai went missing after they went to Tamu, barely 10 minutes drive from Manipur’s border township of Moreh, on February 11.

The two had entered Tamu after getting the required permit from the Myanmar authorities manning border gate No. 2.

Sources said the bodies were found on the Manipur side of the border at Jangnomphai village, about 45km south of Moreh in Chandel district. The bodies bore multiple injury marks, including burn injuries.

Police declined to speculate on the identity of the culprits and their motive.

The police said after receiving reports that some villagers had found two bodies, their team from Moreh brought the bodies to Moreh police station at 2.30pm. Thereafter, the bodies, accompanied by relatives, were taken to Imphal for post mortem.

The two traders had arrived at Moreh about a month back to sell household and school accessories.

They entered Tamu after carrying on the business at Moreh for sometime.

The recovery of the bodies has fanned further tension in Moreh, which has remained shut since Tuesday evening to protest the failure of Myanmar and Manipur authorities to trace the whereabouts of the missing traders. Citizen’s organisations of Moreh have also shut border trade since yesterday to mount pressure on the authorities of both sides.

This is the second case of people missing in Myanmar found murdered.

On April 10 last year, a police commando and a civilian from Moreh, on a fishing trip to Myanmar, 6km north of Moreh, were abducted and killed.

Manipur’s Moreh and Myanmar’s Tamu are the gateways to the Indo-Myanmar border trade. Traders from both sides cross the border between 7am and 4pm daily for trading activities.

Moreh has been in the news recently over a checkpost which the Manipur government constructed along the border. Myanmar said the site where the checkpost was constructed was its territory. The site is between gate numbers 1 and 2.


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