Mnp CM vows retaliation for slain ar men

Mnp CM vows retaliation for slain ar men
Manipur CM N Biren Singh and others paying last respects to the Assam Rifles soldiers martyred in rebels’ attack on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 31 | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 12:31:52 PM IST

There is no place for violence in a democratic country like India, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said on Friday while reiterating the  government’s appeal to insurgents to come to the negotiating table .

 Singh further appealed to armed groups operating in the region to shun hostilities and come out for dialogue for a political solution. 

The chief minister was talking to reporters after he paid his last respects to the three Assam Rifles soldiers martyred in an attack by armed rebels at Khongtal village in Manipur’s Chandel district on July 29 night. 

Three rebels groups - Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF), Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) and United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I)-  clained responsibility for  the attack.

The Assam Rifles on Friday bid farewell to the three soldiers who were killed in the violent attack today with a wreath laying ceremony at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, before sending the mortal remains to their respective native states.

The chief minister strongly condemned the fatal attack incident and asserted that the government would not remain as a silent spectator and the perpetrators would be definitely hunted down.

He further assured that the state government would provide suitable assistance to the families of the martyred Central forces personnel belonging to Manipur.

One of the slain soldiers, Ratan Salam, was from Manipur’s Kakching district while the two others from Nagaland (Rifleman Methna Konyak) and Assam (Havildar Pranay Kalita).

The chief minister said that the matter would be put up in the state cabinet for discussion.

Singh said that he was saddened on learning that the martyred soldier from the state was survived by his young wife and two children. He informed that the state has its own policy for assisting personnel of Central forces belonging to the state.

The chief minister also met family members of Ratan Salam and conveyed  his deep condolences to the family members. 

Sharing their grief, Singh said that “attaining martyrdom for the country is like entering heaven alive.”

The wreath-laying ceremony with full military honours organised under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) was also attended by top brasses of the Assam Rifles and state police apart from the state chief minister.

Manipur police DGP LM Khaute, Brig DS Shishodia, Dy IGAR (South) Brig Deepak Joshi, Commander of 9 Sector Assam Rifles and Col Prashant Misra, Col ‘A’ 57 Mountain Division were among others who attended the ceremony.     

“The sacrifice of the fallen soldiers hailing from Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, truly represents the idea of unity in diversity - the strength of our nation and the Assam Rifles,” IGAR (S) said in a statement. 

“Assam Rifles remains committed to the security of the nation and will continue to uphold its ideals in its pursuit to defeat secessionist forces,” it added. 

Martyred Pranay Kalita, a resident of Barpeta, Assam, was survived by his wife and two daughters, while Rifleman Methna Konyak, a resident of Mon district of Nagaland, was survived by his wife and daughter and Rifleman Ratan Salam was a resident of Kakching Makha Leikai, Manipur. He left behind his wife and two sons. 

They were dedicated, brave and courageous soldiers of the Assam Rifles. The nation salutes their supreme sacrifice made in the highest traditions of the force in service of the nation. 

In this hour of grief, the Assam Rifles stands firm in its solemn commitment to ensure the welfare of the families of the fallen soldiers, the IGAR(S) added.

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