| Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh speaks to the kin of the murdered traders in Imphal on Friday. Picture by UB Photos |
Imphal, Feb. 21: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh today promised to take up the case of the murdered traders with the Myanmar government through diplomatic channels.
He also announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the two traders.
“We will take up the matter with the Myanmar government through diplomatic channels and request them to investigate the incident. On this side of the border, we will do everything to find out if any individual or organisation of Manipur was involved in the case,” he told relatives of the two Indian traders who were found murdered along the Manipur-Myanmar border yesterday.
The traders, Sanvendar Singh, 30, of Uttar Pradesh and Daljeet Singh, 33, of Mumbai, had gone missing after entering Tamu, a border town in Myanmar, on February 11 morning. Their bodies were recovered at Jangnomphai village, 45km south of the border town of Moreh, in Manipur’s Chandel district, yesterday.
Ibobi Singh met the traders’ relatives at the mortuary of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, where the post mortem was conducted today.
Harjeet Singh, father of Sanvender, demanded that both Manipur and Myanmar government should find the culprits and punish them. “My boy will not come back. But such incidents should not recur,” he said.
As border trade remained shut for the third consecutive day, Ibobi Singh rushed a ministerial delegation to Moreh to reassure the residents and business community that the government would do everything to find the killers.
The delegation, comprising commerce and industries minister Govindas Konthoujam and irrigation and flood control minister Ngamthang Haokip, met community leaders at the town and listened to their grievances.
The leaders expressed apprehension over entering Tamu for trade in the wake of the killing of the two traders. Konthoujam assured them that he would convey their concern to the chief minister.
The All Community Welfare Committee of Moreh submitted a memorandum to Myanmar embassy in Delhi through the ministerial team, urging the Myanmar government to ensure safety of Indians in its country.
Moreh residents had shut border trade on Wednesday to protest the failure of the authorities on both sides of the border to find the missing traders. Moreh town also remained shut for the third consecutive day today.