BJP leader Ram Madhav tweeted today that a compromise between the government and the families has been reached. The burials will take place within a week according to sources in the office of Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
None of the three land proposals are being implemented for now; the BJP government will hold talks with tribal groups and others to decide what happens next.
"All nine martyrs, including my son, will stay in the morgue until justice is done," Hau Lian Ching, the mother of an 18-year-old shot at the land protest told news agency AFP ahead of the state election that saw the BJP taking charge of Manipur in March.
Another good news from Manipur. Agreement reached btw govt n civil society in CCPur. 8 Dead bodies 2 b buried, ending 600 day stalemate pic.twitter.com/KTOv4EtKlk- Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) May 10, 2017
"The demands of our people must be met before we can bury them," she said.
The deaths in Churachandpur heightened the anger of tribal groups who saw the land bills as part of a plot by the majority Meitei community to deprive them of their ancestral rights.
A group from one of the state's largest minority tribes, the Naga, launched a blockade of the main highway into the state capital Imphal in November, leading to shortages and big price hikes for basic commodities. Military aircraft were deployed to deliver fuel and other essential supplies. The blockade, which lasted five months ended in March 2016.
(with inputs from AFP)