In a major terrorist assault in Manipur, the commanding officer of an Assam Rifles unit, his relations and three paramilitary drive personnel had been killed in Singhat sub-division of Manipur’s Churachandpur district. Colonel Viplav Tripathi’s partner and son had been there throughout the convoy. The assault happened at spherical 10am as a result of the commanding officer went to supervise a civic movement programme throughout the district, research said, The driver of the auto is believed to be killed throughout the assault, which may take the toll to seven.
Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army is suspected behind the assault, research said, though no terrorist militant organisation has claimed accountability for the assault thus far.
Officials said terrorists first carried out an IED blast to ambush the convoy of Viplav Tripathi after which fired on the autos when the Colonel was returning from his forward agency base to his battalion headquarters.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh confirmed to info firm PTI that the commandant and others have been killed throughout the ambush.
Condemning the assault, the chief minister said the perpetrators shall be delivered to justice. “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed few personnel including the CO & his family at CCpur today. The State forces & Para military are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice,” the chief minister tweeted.
The Congress termed the terrorist assault as a ‘national security breach under the BJP rule’, every in Centre and state. “We are shocked by the news of deadly terror attack in Manipur resulting in the death of an Indian Army colonel, his family and soldiers of 46AR,” the event tweeted from its official cope with.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh condemned the cowardly assault and supplied his condolences to the bereaved households. “The cowardly attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur is extremely painful & condemnable. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers including CO 46 AR and two family members. My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.
“Strongly condemn the dastardly attack on Assam Rifles at CCpur in Manipur. Extremely saddened to learn about the martyrdom of CO and his wife. My sincere prayers with all the martyrs. May God heal the injured,” BJP chief Sambit Patra tweeted.
Colonel Viplav Tripati, the Commanding Officer of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles, his partner and son, along with 4 personnel of the paramilitary drive had been killed in an ambush in Manipur on Saturday morning, in modern eruption of militant violence throughout the border state, officers said.
Tripathi’s convoy was targeted at Sehkan village in Churachandpur district by suspected militants of the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), a militant group in Manipur demanding a separate homeland.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) burst, shattering tenuous peace in Manipur hills, sooner than the Assam Rifles personnel engaged the militants in a firefight.
“In the firefight which followed with the Militants (Suspected PREPAK/ PLA cadres) the Commanding officer and three QRT (quick response team) personnel lost their lives on the spot. The family of the Commanding officer (wife and 6 yr old son) also lost their lives. The other injured personnel were admitted at Behianga health care center,” Assam Rifles said in a press assertion.
However, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who promised “justice” to the affected households, indicated but yet one more personnel of the drive had died.
“The cowardly attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur is extremely painful & condemnable. The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers including CO 46 AR and two family members. My condolences to the bereaved families. The perpetrators will be brought to justice soon,” he tweeted.
Though the defence minister’s tweet indicated but yet one more personnel was killed, there was no fast affirmation from Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary drive throughout the nation raised in 1835 beneath the British rule.
It is beneath the manager jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) nonetheless operational administration of the Indian Army.
In addition to deaths of 4 personnel of Assam Rifles, an officer, his partner, and 8-year-old child, 4 completely different troopers sustained accidents throughout the assault in Churachandpur, Manipur, said Indian Army in an announcement.
Assam Rifles euologised the slain officer who had beforehand served in Mizoram until his swap to Manipur in July 2021.
“During his tenure at Mizoram, beneath his ready and energetic administration, the Battalion has been on the forefront in Border administration thwarting illegal smuggling throughout the IMB and hinterland. Battalion has moreover recovered a lot of weapons & War like outlets which can have landed throughout the arms of Anti National elements thus avoiding major casualties.
“Col Viplav though his remarkable endeavors has bonded closely with the locals of Mizoram. The Anti Drug campaign conducted by his battalion in January 2021 received several laurels and praise & the awareness was rightfully created by him in the entire state including the remote villages to ensure the youth are guided in the right direction,” the assertion said, together with his “goodwill for the society will last an eternity”.
The Assam Rifles assertion said it suspected that the insurgent group answerable for this massacre “must be from PREPAK cadre as the PREPAK remembrance day is celebrated on 12/13 November 2021”.
Terrorists first carried out IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi & then fired on the autos in Churachandpur, Manipur. The officer was returning from his forward agency base to his battalion headquarters, Army officers knowledgeable ANI.