CM pays last respect to martyred AR soldiers

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Imphal: Chief minister N. Biren Singh on Friday paid last respects to the three Assam Rifles soldiers, who were martyred in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel district on Thursday, in a wreath laying ceremony at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

Biren said that there is no place for violence in a democratic country like India. Strongly condemning the incident, the chief minister asserted that the government would not remain as a silent spectator, and the perpetrators would be definitely hunted down.

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Biren also appealed to the armed groups to shun hostilities and come out for a political solution. Stating that the state government would provide suitable assistance to the families of the martyred Central forces personnel belonging to Manipur, the chief minister said the matter would be put up in the State Cabinet for discussion.

Biren led others in laying wreaths and paying last respects to the deceased Assam Rifles personnel. Khurai AC MLA L. Sushindro, DGP L.M. Khaute, other high ranking civil, military and police officers and family members also attended the ceremony.

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Later, the chief minister met the family members of Ratan Salam, who was one of the three slain Assam Rifles soldiers, and expressed his deep condolences. Sharing their grief, the chief minister said attaining martyrdom for the country is like entering heaven alive.

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