After their convoy was attacked by militants in Churachandpur district, Manipur on Saturday, the commanding officer of 46 Assam Rifles and his two family members as well as four jawans were all killed.
Tripathi’s convoy was attacked by the People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak militants (PREPAK), who were claiming a separate homeland.
First, terrorists used Improvised Explosive Devices to (IED) bomb the convoy of Colonel ViplavTripathi. Then they fired on the vehicles in Churachandpur. After supervising a civic initiative in Churachandpur, bordering Myanmar, the officer was returning to his forward company headquarters.
Behiang village, located about 122km from Imphal, is near the India-Myanmar frontier. The strategic importance of the area has led to the state government considering the possibility of developing the area as a second trade corridor to South East Asian countries, after Moreh.
“The cowardly attack against an Assam Rifles convoy at Churachandpur in Manipur is very painful and condemnable. Five brave soldiers, including CO 46 AR, and two relatives have been killed in this attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur. My sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones. He tweeted that the perpetrators would be brought to justice as soon as possible.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack and tweeted “… I pay homage today to all those soldiers and their families who were killed. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost loved ones in this time of sorrow.