Imphal: Col Viplav Tripathi, commanding officer of 46 Assam Rifles, wife and his son died in an ambush to a convoy by suspected militants near S Sehken village, singngat sub-division, Churachandpur on Saturday at around 10 am.
The family reportedly died on spot. Three members of Quick Response Team died in the accident, sources said.
Three injuries jawans were first evacuated at Behiang Primary Health Centre. Two choppers airlifted them and the deceased from the spot to Imphal.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh visited Shija Hospital where the injured persons were admitted.
“I condemn the incident in the strongest term. It is a cowardly act and we will hunt down the culprit,” Biren said.
He said as of now it cannot be disclosed that which militant group was involved in the attack.
The state government is fully cooperating with the Centre. “We will support Centre’s decision,” he added.
It is reported that security forces were conducting massive combing operation at the ambush area.
“Strongly condemn the cowardly ambush attack on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles which has reportedly killed six persons including CO and his family at S Sehken village near India-Myanmar border in Churachandpur District. The State forces and the Para military are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice,” Biren writes on his Facebook wall.
The Zomi Chiefs Association (ZCA) has strongly condemned the ‘brutal’ attack on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles ‘orchestrated and executed by suspected valley based proscribed militants’.
The attack led to the colossal loss of 6 precious lives-col. Viplav Tripathi, Commanding Officer, 46 AR; his wife Anuja Tripathi, their 6 year old son Abeer Tripathi, a student of Class-I at St. Paul’s Institute, Lamka and three other jawans, ZCA said.
Churachandpur District witnessed relative peace, security and development after a long spell of night-marish militancy due to the relentless efforts of the government and its security forces. This cold-blooded incident jeopardized and put at peril, the life and security of innocent peace-loving Zomi villagers residing in the area. It shocked the general public who eagerly awaits a final solution of the political negotiations between the government and SoO groups. ZCA appeals all Zomi chiefs and villagers along the Indo-Myanmar border to cooperate with the security forces in their hunt for perpetrators of these heinous acts, it added.
The Zomi Chiefs Association entreaties the government of India to exert all measures required to apprehend, book and penalise the culprits as per the law of the and carry on unhindered, political dialogue with SoO groups in public interest. “We express our deepest condolences to the brave and martyred soldiers who made supreme sacrifices for the nation. May their souls rest in peace,” the association said.