Manipur Ambush: Martyr Colonel Viplav Tripathi’s last rites performed with state honours in Chhattisgarh


Guwahati: On Monday, people in large numbers gathered to join the final journey of martyred Colonel Viplav Tripathi in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh. 

The last rites Col Tripathi was performed with full state honours at his native in Raigarh district. 

Brave-heart Colonel Viplav Tripathi lost his life in the the ambush which took place on November 13 in Manipur. 

The mortal remains of Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife, and son, who were killed in a terrorist attack in Manipur, reached Raigarh on Monday as the military flight carrying the bodies made an emergency landing at Jorhat airport of Assam on Sunday following a technical snag.

Chants of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram echoed at the final journey of Colonel Viplav Tripathi. 

Emotions ran high as Viplav Tripathi along with his wife Anuja Tripathi and his 6 six-year-old son Abeer Tripathi’s mortal remains arrived at home, where civilians from across the district already gathered to pay their rich tribute and last respect to the martyred. 

Colonel Viplav Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles, his wife Anuja (36) and son Abir (5), hailing from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, besides four personnel of the paramilitary force, were killed in an ambush by terrorists in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on Saturday. The officer was travelling in a convoy and was accompanied by two civilians, his wife, and his son when the incident took place. 

The Commanding Officer of 46 Assam Riffles Colonel Viplav Tripathi of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles had visited his forward camp on Friday and on his way back on Saturday, his convoy was ambushed. As per the army officials, the terrorists first carried out an IED blast to ambush the convoy of 46 Assam Rifles Commanding Officer Colonel Viplav Tripathi and then fired at the vehicles in Churachandpur, Manipur. In the attack, six people were killed — Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife, his son, and three soldiers. Also, many others have been left injured. 

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