In a sorrowful ceremony at the Wall of Remembrance in Manipur's Churachandpur district, 87 victims of the prolonged ethnic clashes found their resting place on Wednesday, December 20.
After almost eight months of anguish, the Kuki-Zo community bid farewell to their loved ones, marking a harrowing chapter in Manipur's history.
Attendees revealed that the burial site, now officially named the 'Kuki-Hmar-Mizo-Zomi Martyr Cemetery,' symbolizes the toll exacted by the ethnic strife that erupted on May 3, 2023.
Among the 87 bodies, 41 were transported from Imphal by air just last week, while the remaining 46 had been in the morgue of Churachandpur Hospital, as reported by Ukhrul Times.
After months of uncertainty and tension, arrangements were finally made to transport the bodies back to their respective home districts.
Notably, the story of a one-month-old infant named Isaac, born on April 10, 2023, stands out. The child's life was tragically cut short due to the chaos that engulfed Churachandpur, as reported by India Today North East.
The burial proceedings were facilitated after the Supreme Court of India directed the state government on November 28 to ensure the respectful burial of the deceased.
The violence claimed the lives of over 175 people in the northeastern state.
Rest, warriors, under our ancestral land's embrace.— ITLFMediaCell (A) (@ITLFMedia_Cell) December 20, 202
Your sacrifice etches justice's trace.
We'll carry you with every stride,
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