India Manipur Horror attack:The images show two students from the Meitei community, Hijam Linthoingambi (17) and Phijam Hemjit (20), sitting on the grass in what appears to be the armed group’s makeshift jungle camp.
Imphal/New Delhi: The Manipur government today said it would ensure “swift and decisive” action after pictures of the bodies of two teenagers who went missing in July surfaced on social media. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating the case, but the bodies of the two teenagers are yet to be found.
The images show two teenagers from the Meitei community, Hijam Linthoingambi (17) and Phijam Hemjit (20), sitting on the grass in what appears to be a makeshift jungle camp of the armed group. Ms. Linthoingambi wears a white T-shirt while Mr. Hemjit, wearing a plaid shirt and carrying a backpack, watched. Two men with guns were clearly visible behind them. The next picture shows their bodies lying on the ground.
The case sparked outrage across the country, with many questioning why it took police so long to solve the case. The teenagers were seen on CCTV installed outside the store in July, but their whereabouts could not be traced.
Investigators may use advanced online forensics tools to clear the footage and identify the two men in the background, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It has come to the attention of the state government that pictures of two students missing since July 2023 have surfaced on social media. Significantly, the case has been transferred to the CBI as per the wishes of the people of the state,” the Manipur government said in a statement today.
The State Police, in cooperation with the central security authorities, is actively investigating this case in order to find out the circumstances of their disappearance and to identify the killers of the two students. Security forces have also launched a manhunt to arrest the culprits,” the government said.
The government said it would take “swift and decisive action” against anyone involved in the abduction and killing of Mr Hemjit and Ms Linthoingambi. The public is asked to remain calm and allow investigators to investigate.
Ethnic violence between the majority Kuki tribe in the hills and the majority Mait population in the valley began on May 3 after the Kukis protested against the girls’ demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. More than 180 people died and thousands were displaced internally.