PM on the terrorist attack on Assam’s rifles

Sevem, including 5 Assam Rifles personnel, were killed in the attack.

New Delhi:

An Assam Rifles colonel, his wife, their eight-year-old son and four soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Manipur’s Churachanpur on Saturday. “Their sacrifices will never be forgotten,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he strongly condemned the attack near the Myanmar border in Manipur.

The officer in command of 46 Assam rifles, Colonel Viplav Tripathy, had gone to an outpost camp on Saturday and was returning when his convoy was ambushed, sources said.

“Justice will be served,” Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh said, adding that a massive combing operation has started in the area. “Justice will be served,” he said.

State forces and paramilitary troops are already working to track down the terrorists, Singh wrote on Twitter.

Congressional leader Rahul Gandhi criticized the BJP-led government in the Modi Center government for the attack. “The terrorist attack on the army convoy in Manipur shows once again that the Modi government is not capable of protecting the nation. My condolences to those killed in action and their families. The nation will remember their sacrifice,” he said in a tweet in hindi.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh described the incident as a “cowardly” attack. “The nation has lost 5 brave soldiers, including the CO 46 AR and two family members,” he tweeted.

It is the first time civilians have been killed in an ambush in this remote part of the district. The location is an extremely remote village about 50 km from Churachandpur. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, however the Manipur-based terror group, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is believed to be behind the attack.

“The whole nation feels justice,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

The Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force, are used to maintain public order in the northeast. It also protects the Indo-Myanmar border in the region.

Other congressional leaders, including Ashok Gehlot and Jairam Ramesh, also condemned the attack and demanded action against those responsible.

“Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on the Assam Rifles convoy in Churachandpur, Manipur, in which five brave staff members and two family members lost their lives. Greet their martyrdom and extend your sincere condolences to the bereaved families,” said the Rajasthan Chief Minister Gehlot on Twitter.

“This is absolutely shocking and deeply sad! I hope those responsible will be brought to justice soon,” said former union minister Jairam Ramesh.

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