The eight were killed a year and eight months ago in alleged police firing in the Churachandpur town of Manipur.
The decision comes after the Manipur government and protesters signed a memorandum of understanding on May 10.
As the agitation in Manipur’s hill district crosses its 600th day and eight bodies still await burial, the protesters witnessed their struggle nearly reach a resolution this month, but then suddenly head back into a deadlock.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
With the second phase of the Manipur assembly elections set to begin on March 8, The Wire takes you through the candidates contesting from 22 constituencies.
As the first phase of assembly elections in Manipur begins, The Wire takes you through the history of elections and power shifts in the northeastern state.
Rajnath Singh’s comments came on the day before Manipur goes to the polls. But he did not mention his government’s stand on the people’s demand for a “separate administration”.
The killing of the nine locals in protests in 2015 and the events that followed will almost certainly dictate the election outcome in Churachandpur.
Manipur faces a tough choice between the BJP, a party that has a track record of dividing people on religious lines, and the Congress, whose 15-year rule in the state has been marred by corruption and misgovernance.
A team from The Wire visited Manipur for the first anniversary of the August 31 incident in order to report on the tribal movement in the hill areas of the state and the parallel but separate protest of the Meiteis in the valley.
Churachandpur seethes with anger, uncertainty remains about the Naga Accord and political tensions remain high over the ILP, as the assembly polls near.
Manipur on the Boil: Protests for Inner Line Permit Law Intensify; Educational Institutes Shut for Three Days
The state cabinet has decided to close down all educational institutions in the state for three days from May 31 due to protests demanding the conversion of the three Inner Line Permit System Bills into Acts.
With the BJP trying to make inroads into the state, a tough balancing act lies ahead for the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance too.
Church bells don’t toll in Churachandpur any more. The district in Manipur is in mourning for over 230 days. Nitin Sethi tells the story of nine dead, three bills & a state singed by clashes.
A separate administration for the hills would be one solution to cater to the long standing demands of different communities in Manipur, while respecting the territorial integrity of the state.
Age-old tensions between the two areas are now threatening to boil over–with the secrecy surrounding the Centre’s Naga Accord adding fuel to the fire.