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Colonel’s brother also with AR, parents just back from Mnp visit

Colonel’s brother also with AR, parents just back from Mnp visit
File photo of Abeer Tripathi.
RAIPUR/ Imphal, NOV 14 (AGENCIES/ PTI) | Publish Date: 11/14/2021 11:59:30 AM IST

Colonel Viplav Tripathi’s parents had returned from visiting him in Manipur less than a week ago, reports The New Indian Express. Subhash Tripathi (80) and wife Asha (70) had travelled from their hometown in Raigarh in east Chhattisgarh, to celebrate Diwali with the Colonel and his family, and left on November 7.

The Tripathis are well-known in the area. Viplav’s grandfather Kishori Lal Tripathi was a part of the drafting committee of the Indian Constitution, while Subhash is a senior journalist and editor of a regional weekly based out of Raigarh. Asha is a social worker.
Friends say Viplav was humble and well-respected. For his wedding, the Bagpipers band of the armed forces came to Raigarh to perform, they recalled.
Viplav’s uncle Rajesh Patnayak said the Assam Rifles officer hadn’t been able to get leave for Diwali. Since his younger brother Anay is also posted in Manipur with the Assam Rifles, as a Lieutenant Colonel, Subhash and Asha had decided to go to Manipur.
On Friday night, Anay arrived at Raigarh, driving down from Manipur on his way to Mhow, for training. “On Saturday noon, he was with me when he got the message from his friends in the unit that his brother along with his family had been killed,” Patnayak said.
Anay has gone back to Manipur and will be coming back with the bodies of the Colonel, his wife and son, friends said. The bodies are expected to reach by early Sunday morning.
‘Zindagi to bas apne dum pe jee jati hai’
“Zindagi to bas apne dum pe jee jati hai, doosron ke kandhe par to janaze uthte hain (you live a life with strength you have, it’s others who carry your lifeless body)”. 
Abeer Tripathi, the six-year-old son of Vipul Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of Assam Rifles who was felled by insurgents, said gallantly, while standing in front of the Indian tricolour, with upturned moustache and a hat, as he played the legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, probably at a school function to celebrate India’s freedom. 
Abeer, whose name means the brightly coloured powder that is smeared on faces and thrown in air during Holi festivity, was felled by bullets that also left dead his father, mother Anuja, and four personnel of Assam Rifles, a border guarding force, in Manipur on Saturday morning. 
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF), sent out a message congratulating those who were involved in the operation, but were contrite about the death of the child and her mother.  While claiming responsibility for the attack, the insurgents said in a communication that their activists were not aware that the officer’s wife and son were in the convoy.   
They pleaded that officers should not bring their families to areas declared as “disturbed” by the government. 
The guns that shattered the deceptive calm of Manipur’s scenic forests in Churachandpur  bordering Myanmar have fallen silent. What echoes through the verdant hills is the cry of an indomitable boy---”zindagi to bas apne dum pe jee jati hai”. 

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