Mexican police happens to come across 19 dead bodies in the city of Uruapan, out of which, 9 bodies were hanging from an overpass. Some bodies were traced being hanged with their hands bound and others with their pants down. Two of the bodies hanging were of women and were half-naked. 7 other bodies were chopped up and dumped on the road from which one dismembered body was a female. 3 additional bodies were hacked up and left further down the road. It seems all the victims had been shot to death. The authorities are suspecting it to be a gang turf war that could be liable for this episode.
In addition to the dead bodies, police also found a partly illegible drug cartel banner hanging on the overpass which read as – “Be a patriot, kill a Viagra.” The AP Authorities are suspecting that this banner is likely to be from the bloodthirsty Jalisco drug cartel whose biggest rival is the Viagras gang.
Mexico has a population of more than 129 million people. The victim city Uruapán is located approximately 250 miles west of Mexico City. Here the population is approximately 315,000 as of 2010.
Michoacán Attorney General Adrián López Solís informed that – “There are some criminal gangs who are fighting over territory to control activities related to drug production, its distribution and consumption. Alas, such conflicts results in these kinds of acts that justifiably alarm the public.”
In the past, in 2011 and 2012, there was a drug war in Mexico when dozens of bodies were dumped in piles along highways, including many decapitated bodies. The recent act is a sobering reminder of that destructive war.
Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst says that – “This kind of public, theatrical violence, where one is not just killing but also brags about killing is meant to intimidate rivals and send a message to the authorities. Such cynical impunity has been increasing in Michoacán.”
Mexico has surpassed its homicide record this year. It is up by 5.3 percent with 17,608 homicides when compared to the first part of 2018.