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Traders found dead on Myanmar border

Imphal, Feb. 20: Two Indian traders who had been reported missing from Tamu town in Myanmar were found dead along Manipur’s border with the neighbouring country this morning.

The bodies had multiple injury marks, including burns.

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

The two had entered Tamu after getting the required permit from Myanmarese authorities manning border gate number 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.

Police sources declined to speculate on the identity of the culprits and their motive. They said the police had received reports that some villagers had found two bodies. A team from Moreh then brought the bodies to Moreh police station at 2.30pm. The bodies of the traders were later taken to Imphal for the post-mortem.

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.

Moreh and Tamu are the gateways to the India-Myanmar border trade. Traders from either side cross the border between 7am and 4pm every day. Sanvendar and Daljeet had arrived in Moreh about a month ago to sell household and school accessories before entering Tamu.

Moreh has been in the news recently over a check-post the Manipur government constructed along the border.

Myanmar said the site where the check-post had been built was part of its territory. The site is between gate numbers 1 and 2.