Manipur attack: Massive combing ops launched

Manipur attack: Massive combing ops launched
(L) AR personnel carrying Col. Tripathi’s coffin at Imphal airport (R) body of Khatnei Konyak brought to his home town, Sunday. (The Print/Tiwtter)
IMPHAL, NOV 14 (PTI) | Publish Date: 11/14/2021 12:47:06 PM IST

A massive manhunt has been launched in the jungles of Churachandrapur district of Manipur near the International border with Myanmar to search for militants belonging to two shadowy outfits who have claimed responsibility for a deadly ambush which killed personnel and family members of the para-military Assam Rifles.

Officials said that the combing operation conducted jointly by Assam Rifles and state police was on in the jungles surrounding the village of Sekhen where the ambush was laid on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh, host of Assam Rifles officials and others paid tributes to those killed in the ambush at Imphal airport.

Singh said that security along the Myanmar border through which militants are believed to have slipped in and ambushed an Assam Rifles Colonel, his wife, son and four other riflemen, was being beefed up.

Singh who laid wreaths on their bodies at Imphal airport, also said the home department and para-military forces had been instructed to bring the militants to justice at the earliest.

Two militant groups - People’s Liberation Army and the Manipur Naga People’s Front -had on Saturday jointly claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials said the two groups one of which had been dormant for several years, while the other is little known of, had chosen their target carefully and were likely trying to make their way back to base camps in Myanmar. 

Speaking to media-persons after the wreath laying ceremony, Singh said “the government will not tolerate such terrorist activities in the state” and added that security along the border areas of the state would be increased.

The mortal remains of Col Viplav Tripathi, his family and Assam rifles personnel, who lost their lives in the terror attack in Manipur on Saturday have been flown out to their respective home towns.

Col Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles, his wife Anuja and son Abeer, besides four personnel of the country’s oldest paramilitary force were killed on Saturday in a welter of IED blasts and gunfire in Manipur’s Churachandpur district.

The four Assam Rifles personnel killed in the attack were Rifleman (Rfn) Shyamal Das, Rfn Suman Swargiary, Rfn RP Meena and Rfn Khatnei Konyak.

Meanwhile, the body of Rfn Khatnei Konyak was brought to his home town in Mon district on Sunday. Khatnei was laid to rest with full military honours.

Gov, Paiwang, NPCC condemn killing of AR personnel in Manipur
DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN): Nagaland Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) and minister for transport, civil aviation, railways and land resources P. Paiwang Konyak have expressed shock and condemned the killing of rifleman Khatnei Konyak and six others  Assam Rifles personnel including the commandant and his family in an ambush by militants at Sialsi village in Churachandpur, Manipur on Saturday.
Gov: Strongly condemning the action of the perpetrators, the governor in a condolence message said the inhuman and cowardly attack and killing of Assam Rifles personnel, including a woman and child, deserved highest condemnation. 
As every peace-loving citizen was taking an active part in building a peaceful environment in the country, especially in Northeast India, he asserted that those perpetrators had no place in “our society” and that justice would be served immediately.
“Rifleman Khatnei Konyak served the country and made the supreme sacrifice for our nation. Having such a courageous and fearless soldier is an honour for any country. In his demise, India has lost a brave and courageous son and soldier,” the message stated.
Conveying his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the countrymen and women, including the people of Nagaland and his own behalf, Mukhi prayed to Almighty God to bestow the needed fortitude to the family members of Konyak to bear this tragic loss and grant them solace at this hour of enormous pain. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Paiwang: Minister for transport, civil aviation, railways and land resources P. Paiwang Konyak expressed deep pain and shock to learn about the attack on the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles at Churachandpur district of Manipur wherein the commanding officer and his family members and four brave soldiers were martyred.
He also mourned the untimely death of Rfn. Khatnei Konyak, son of Ngompha Konyak, Goan Bura (GB) of Zangkham village, Tizit. 
Paiwang said that Khatnei, a young and promising soldier, left behind his wife and a four-month old daughter.
“I pay homage to late Khatnei Konyak and others who sacrificed their life on the line of duty for the nation,” he said. 
Paiwang conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty to grant them strength and solace at this hour of grief.
Paiwang said that the cowardly attack, which took the lives of the brave soldiers and their families, was highly condemnable and cannot be condoned in any manner. 
The perpetrators of such crime should be immediately brought to justice, he added.
NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has strongly condemned the killing of five Assam Rifles personnel, including a commanding officer, besides his wife and child, in an ambush in Churachandpur district of Manipur on Saturday.
NPCC president K Therie in a press release said killing in peace time was not only inhuman but also disgusting and frustrating.
Mentioning that all “anti-peace activities” were a result of lethargic negotiations, NPCC held Government of India (GoI) responsible “for the delay at the instance of power mongering State politics running the State government hand in glove with anti-national activities.” 
He further alleged that government of India’s inability to rise above political interests to decide and implement solution effectively and to enforce the law of the land were responsible for the loss of lives.
Therie said the answer to all these problems was to remove the lethargic and weak government, which was responsible for giving way to killers.

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