IMPHAL, June 20: Family members today claimed the bodies of the seven labourers of the Border Road Transport Force who were killed when the vehicle carrying 25 other labourers alongwith the seven fell down a deep gorge yesterday evening around 5 along the National Highway 37.
Five died on the spot while two others succumbed on the way to a hospital in Imphal. The unfortunate mishap occurred in between Irang Toubam and Khongsang Sagrung Village.
The vehicle lost control due to dilapidated condition of the highway which was made worse by the heavy downpour.
Post mortem was conducted today at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences morgue.
The family members were accompanied by BRTF officials at the hospital.
The dead labourers have been identified as Dailakliu Kamei, wife of Meiripou Kamei of Rangkhong Village part III, Apeina Golmei, 27, wife of Pautilung Golmei of Rengpang Village Nungba sub division, Thangong Pou Rongmei, 28, son of Pousinglung Rongmei of Khongsang Village, Thunakulung Phaomei, 34, son of Pousinglung Rongmei of Khongsang Village, Gabriel Tete, 36, son of Jonus Tete of Lowakera village Gumila district Jharkhand, Meinganpheng Kamei, 33, son of Abon Kamei of Rengpang Village and Khongam Gangmei, 32, son of Dintalek of Rengpang Village.
Other than the seven dead, 15 others were injured and are admitted at various hospitals in the State capital, six of them stated to be in serious condition.