Colonel, his wife and son among 7 dead in ambush by terrorists in Manipur : The Tribune India

Colonel, his wife and son among 7 dead in ambush by terrorists in Manipur

PLA group takes responsibility for attack, says did not know that CO Col Viplav Tripathi's family was also in the convoy

Colonel, his wife and son among 7 dead in ambush by terrorists in Manipur

Spot where Assam Rifles convoy was attacked by militants, in Churachandpur district, on Saturday, November 13, 2021. PTI

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 13

A Colonel of the Indian Army, his wife, his son and four troopers of the Assam Rifles were killed in an ambush by militants in Manipur on Saturday morning.

The PLA Manipur has taken the responsibility of the attack on a convoy of Assam Rifles.

Six other troopers are injured, four of them critically. The dead and injured troopers were part of the quick reaction team of the Assam Rifles, a para-military organisation under the Union Home Ministry, moving in a convoy with Colonel Viplov Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of the 46 Assam Rifles.

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Col Tripathi was killed along with his wife Anuja Tripathi and their six-year-old son Abeer Tripathi, a student of Class-I at St Paul’s Institute, Lamka, Manipur. 

 Col Viplav Tripathi, his wife Anuja Tripathi and son Abeer Tripathi.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning at Sehken village in Singngat sub-division of Churachandpur district of Manipur.

Meanwhile, the PLA Manipur has taken responsibility of the attack on a convoy of Assam Rifles.

"PLA and Manipur Naga Peoples Front (MNPF) attacked the Convoy of 46 Assam Rifles in which their CO and 6 other personnel have been killed," a statement said.

Injured soldiers being airlifted after their convoy was attacked by militants, in Churachandpur district, on Saturday, November 13, 2021. PTI

The statement added that the PLA and MNPF cadres did not know that CO's (Col Viplav Tripathi) family was also in the convoy. In the 'disturbed area,' family and kid should not accompanied, the PLA said.

The PLA Manipur had in the past been trained in big numbers by China in China and also at insurgent camps in Myanmar. The PLA, set up by N. Bisheshwar Singh on September 25, 1978, is part of what is called the ‘CorCom’ a group of North-East insurgents. 

In 1989, the PLA formed a political body called the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF).

The South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP), that complies data of all terrorist activities, says about the PLA that its reorganised on the lines of a disciplined army. The militant wing now comprises four divisions – Sadar Hill West areas of the Valley of Manipur, Sadar Hill areas in the eastern Valley, the entire hill areas in Manipur and the entire Imphal area. 

Each division has a ‘commander, lieutenants, sergeant and lance corporals in its ranks’. PLA activists are equipped with sophisticated arms.

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