Manipur and Nagaland cops in touch on inferno deaths: Okram

IMPHAL: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has said policemen were getting updates from their Nagaland counterparts on the tragic inferno that broke out in Dimapur, killing four of a Manipuri Muslim family ten days ago.

Media reports said Md Feroz Khan (35), his wife Eliza (40), and their daughters Razia and Tamanna were charred to death in the fire that broke out on the night of March 7 at their rented house at Chumukedima in Dimapur.

Legislators O Joy Singh and Ng Bijoy Singh of the Manipur People's Party (MPP), who raised a call attention motion on the matter in the assembly on Friday, suspected foul play in the incident. Their doubt stems from the fact Nagaland Police reportedly sent the bodies to Imphal hurriedly without conducting an autopsy to ascertain the actual cause of the death. Besides, the manner in which the bodies were found inside the house has also raised suspicion.

According to reports, the bodies of Firoz and his youngest daughter Tammana were found lying near the main door and those of Eliza and daughter Razia on the bed, raising suspicion that the house's main door might have been locked from outside by miscreants, said Bijoy Singh.

The two MLAs, while demanding a probe into the incident, also asked the the government to compensate the bereaved family members who are from Khomidok Epum Mapan village in Khurai constituency of Imphal East.