Death toll of migrants rises to 15
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 19: The number of non-locals shot dead by unidentified armed persons in the four valley districts since March 17 has reached 15. After 14 non-locals were found shot dead in different parts of the State till yesterday, one more non-local man was found shot dead at Pombikhok Chingya Mayai Leikai, about 13 kms South of Kumbi police station this morning.

According to information culled from the spot, the local villagers heard gun shots in the area at about 7.30 last night.

The deceased has been identified as Kabir alias Govind (38) of West Bengal.

He was married to a Nepali girl from Serou and had two daughters and a son.

Kabir was a junk/scrap metal dealer at Sugnu Bazar.

The corpse has been retrieved by police and deposited at RIMS mortuary.

A bullet which hit the right side of his head exited through the left side.

The seven victims of the Hayel massacre of March 17 have been identified as Alom Sheikh (30) s/o Sohobul Sheikh of West Bengal, staying at Telipati, Sarubjit (28) s/o Thakur Rai of Bihar, staying at Chingmeirong, Nagendra Saha (40) s/o late Bhogenlu Saha of Bihar, staying at Kakching, Narayan (40) s/o Sriniwaz Prasad of Bihar, staying at Kakching, Lalbabu Shah (36) s/o Jawahar of Bihar, staying at Telipati, Bikharipari (38) s/o Dipa Rai of Bihar, staying at Nagamapal Seram Leirak and Piyush Das (26) s/o Mohon Rai of North Tripura, staying at Kakching Wairi Senapati Leikai.

All the corpses have been handed over to family members and relatives after post mortem at RIMS.

Meanwhile, the identities of the migrant workers shot dead at Takhel in Imphal East district yesterday have been established as Nagendra Rai (26) s/o Sadhu Rai of Sitamarhi, Bihar, Madan Rai (26) s/o Naresh of Bihar and Ram Ishwar Shah (30) s/o Muhid Shah of Bihar.

Post mortem examinations of the corpses have been completed.

Those found dead at Keibi Kumuda have been identified as Santosh Prasad (26) s/o Bhagoti and W Pandit (26) s/o late Jugindra Pandit.

Both of them belonged to Bihar.

Moreover, post mortem examination of the corpses of Bimol Das (23) s/o Botoi Das of Hailakandi, Silchar and Shyamal Das (25) s/o Nikhil Das of Nagaon, Assam found shot dead near Indrani Cinema Hall at Kakching Khunyai yesterday have also been conducted at Lilong PHC.