A CBI team headed by special Director Ajay Bhatnagar will arrive in Imphal today to investigate the kidnapping and killing of two students who went missing in Manipur on July 6.
The decision was taken within hours of the case being handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Manipur government.
In post on X, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said both the state and central government are closely working together to nab the perpetrators. He said, to further expedite this crucial investigation, the CBI Director, along with a specialised team, will be arriving in Imphal today morning in a special flight. Chief Minister said, their presence underscores the commitment of authorities to swiftly resolve this matter.
In light of the distressing news that emerged yesterday regarding the tragic demise of the missing students, I want to assure the people of the State that both the state and central government are closely working together to nab the perpetrators.
To further expedite this crucial…
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) September 26, 2023
It should be noted that on Monday, just a few days after mobile internet was restored in Manipur, Photos of the bodies of the two students – Phijam Hemjit (20) and Hijam Linthoingambi (17) – who were missing since July, went viral on social media
Manipur has been on the boil since May 3, 2023 after a violent clash broke out between two communities in the state.
According to Manipur Police data, since MAy 3 , the violence claimed 175 lives, 1,118 people sustained injuries and 32 are missing. As many as 96 bodies remain unclaimed.