IMPHAL, Dec 2 – Three hunters were found dead in the remote forest area in Manipur’s Ukhrul district along the Indo-Myanmar border.
Though the cause of death could not be established as yet the local sources reaching here claimed that all of them were found shot dead as the deceased bore bullet holes. The deceased hunters belongs to New Tusom village, a border village, about 125 km north east of Imphal under Jessami police station in Ukhrul district.
“The three hunters left home on Thursday and informed their families that they’ll be back by Friday”, sources from Ukhrul district headquarters,84 km north of Imphal told The Assam Tribune when contacted. “But as they failed to return, two persons from the village went to the forest on Sunday and discovered the bodies,”it added.
The three hunters have been identified as AS Raungam (36), VS Chijanpam (35) and VS Shemreiso (37). All of them are married and survived by their wives and children. Sources here said that three of them were found lying on the old British road with their SBBL guns and baskets lying on the ground.
A Jessami police station team after recovering the bodies from the spot, evacuated them to Ukhrul district headquarters mortuary, about 84 km north of Imphal, wherein the doctors conducted autopsy. The bodies were handed over to the respective families only today.
Suspecting hands of armed organizations behind the incident, police have registered a case in this connection for further investigation, sources said.