colonel of Assam Rifles, his wife, son and four other jawans died in an ambush carried out by an insurgent group in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Saturday morning.
Army officials said terrorists first carried out IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi and then fired at the vehicles. The officer was returning from his forward company base to his battalion headquarters.
In a press statement, Assam Rifles said: “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.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the attack on Assam Rifles convoy and called it “ extremely painful”. He also said that the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon.
“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 said.
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 (@rajnathsingh) November 13, 2021