Manipur militant attack

Imphal, 14th November: Post-mortem has done at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal of the martyred soldiers who were killed in a militant attack in the Singhat sub-division of Manipur’s Churachandpur district. The Commanding Officer of an Assam Rifles unit, along with his wife, son, and four other jawans were killed in a militant attack.

The deceased jawans have been identified as Suman Swargiary, Khatnei Konyak, RP Meena, and Shyamal Das.

As per the official statement issued by Assam Rifles, the incident took place near Sehken village when insurgents ambushed their convoy. The scene of the ambush, which falls under the limits of the Behiang police station, is not far from the Indo-Myanmar border.

Col. Viplav Tripathi (CO-46 AR), his wife, and his son are believed to have died on the spot, while other jawans injured in the attack were rushed to Behiang Primary Health Centre.

Two outfits, namely the PLA and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) have claimed responsibility for the ambush in a joint release on Saturday.

“Unfortunately, the cadres of the two outfits who carried out the attack were not aware that Colonel Viplav Tripathi’s wife and his son were part of the convoy,” said the joint release.

It goes on to add, “Indian security forces should not bring their families to a place which has been declared by the Government of India as a disturbed area.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, among others, condemned the attack and expressed their condolences on Twitter.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also condemned the attack on Assam Riffle’s convoy.

Taking to Twitter, he said, “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed a few personnel including the CO and his family at Churachandpur today. The State forces and Paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”