‘His goodwill will last an eternity’: Assam Rifles remembers slain colonel Viplav Tripathi


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Colonel Wiplav Tripathi, Assam’s Rifle Commander

On Saturday, an improvised explosive device explosion and another gunfight in the Churachandpur area of ​​Manipur killed Assam’s rifle commander Wiplav Tripathi, his wife and six-year-old son, as well as four members of the country’s oldest paramilitary force. As a result of the attack, four Assam riflemen soldiers were killed: Rafael Shyamal Das, Rafael Suman Svargiari, Rfn R.P. Mina and Rfn Hatney Cognac.

While Kol Tripati was a resident of Raigarh in Chattisgarh, Rfn Das was a resident of Murshidabad in West Bengal, and Rfn Svargiari belonged to the Baksa district of Assam. Rafn Cognac was from the Mon district of Nagaland, and Rafn Mina was from the Dausa district of Rajasthan.

Two banned militant organizations – the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga Popular Front (PFNM) – claimed responsibility for the ambush in the village of Sehkan in the Churachandpur region of the northeastern state.

The security official’s statement praises the murdered officer who previously served in Mizoram before his transfer to Manipur in July 2021.

“His goodwill for society will last forever,” the force said.

Meanwhile, expressing his condolences over the deaths of five officers, including the Assam small arms commander, in a terrorist attack in the state, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh pledged Sunday that those responsible would be held accountable.

“In indescribable devastation when I met with the doctors at the JNIMS morgue to learn about the autopsies of our brave Javans who died yesterday in the horrific attack. My sincere condolences to the families of the victims. Rest assured the perpetrators will be hospitalized. Justice.” Singh on Twitter.

First major attack on security forces since June 2018

The incident marked the first major attack on security forces since June 4, 2018, when an army convoy was subjected to a similar attack in the Chandel area, resulting in 18 deaths and injuries. The personnel of the Dogra 6th Highway Patrol were destroyed. The state, which had been in the throes of rebellion for decades, has remained largely calm since then.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) exploded on a hill road on Saturday, disrupting the fragile peace in Manipur before Assam riflemen engaged in gunfire with militants.

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The place where the column of Assam riflemen was attacked by militants, in the Churachandpur region.

Bullets poured from the leafy hillsides as security personnel dived for cover and fired from behind trees and boulders.

Five soldiers, including Colonel Viplav Tripati, commander of the 46 Assam rifles, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The commander’s family, that is, his wife and child, also died in this incident. The Director General and all ranks of the Assam Rifles offer condolences to the brave soldiers and the families of the victims, “said a press statement.

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Viplav Tripathi, commander of the Assam Huga rifle battalion and his wife Anuja

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Abir Tripathi (6), son of Colonel Viplav Tripathi, commander of the Huga battalion of Assam’s riflemen

In a joint statement, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Popular Front of Manipur Naga (PFNM) said they had attacked paramilitaries.

The two organizations, along with ULFA-Independent, killed three Assam Rifles in the Chandel area of ​​Manipur last July.

Commander Viplav Tripati’s goodwill last forever: Assam rifles

Assam rifles are the oldest paramilitaries in the country, created in 1835 under British rule. It is under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior (MHA) but the operational control of the Indian Army.

Here’s what the Assam rifles said about the incident:

“During his time in Mizoram, under his skillful and energetic leadership, the battalion was at the forefront of the border control, suppressing illegal smuggling in the IMB and the hinterland. Colonel Wiplav worked closely with the local people of Mizoram through his outstanding efforts, his battalion’s anti-drug campaign in January 2021 received several laurels and accolades, and awareness was rightfully created by him throughout the state, including remote villages, to to ensure that young people are headed in the right direction, “the statement said, adding that” goodwill for society will last forever. “

Assam Rifles said in a statement that there are suspicions that the rebel group responsible for this massacre “must be from the PREPAK cadres, as PREPAK Memorial Day is celebrated on November 12/13, 2021.”

The attack on paramilitaries was condemned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other political leaders, chief ministers of various states.

The remains of the Assam Riflemen soldiers will go home

Officials said the remains of Colonel Viplav Tripati, his family and the Assam gunmen killed in the Manipur terrorist attack will be airlifted to their hometowns on Sunday. According to them, a special flight from Imphala airport will deliver the remains of mortals and must first arrive at Guwahati airport in Assam, and then fly to Panagarh air base in West Bengal.

From there, the flight will head to Raipur in Chhattisgarh and then to Jaipur in Rajasthan. They added that a special plane should land at Jaipur airport at 11:00 pm.

According to official sources, the remains of Rfn Cognac will be sent by helicopter to his native place in Nagaland.

(With the participation of agencies)

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