The identities of the 13 Meitei men who were found dead after a gunfight near the Myanmar border in Manipur have been established following an autopsy in Imphal, The Hindu reported on Wednesday.
The bodies riddled with bullet wounds were found in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district on Monday, Superintendent of Police Luikham Lanmiyo had told Scroll.
The bodies were found in Leithu village, which is dominated by the Kuki-Zomi community. Security forces reached the spot after they heard gunshots around 10.30 am, an Army official told Scroll. However, they did not find any weapons with the bodies.
Most of those found dead were teenagers belonging to different parts of Meitei-dominated districts in Imphal valley, The Hindu reported. At least two of the men were living in relief camps that have been set up in view of the ethnic conflict between the Kuki and the Meitei communities that started in early May.
This is the first instance of violence to be reported from Leithu village. In…