Suspected terrorists have ambushed a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles, killing the commanding officer and members of his family among others, near Behiang, 4 km from the police station of the area.
Sources say Col Viplav Tripathi of 46 Assam Rifles had visited Behiang last evening and stayed there for a night.
The commanding officer was on his way to supervise a civic action programme in the Churachandpur, bordering Myanmar. “A convoy of a commanding officer of an Assam Rifles unit was ambushed by terrorists in the Singhat sub-division of District Churachandpur in Manipur. Family members of the officer, along with the quick reaction team, were in convoy,” said a source, adding that an operation to hunt the terrorists was underway.
While the officer was returning from Behiang, a terror group, known to flee to Myanmar after every attack of the type, ambushed his vehicle and the escort team.
The ambush claimed the lives of Col Tripathi, his wife, son and two jawans and injured other soldiers.
AR teams are combing the area. OC BHG has reached the spot and is evacuating the injured.
Further details are awaited. This is a developing story.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has condemned the attack. On Twitter, he wrote, “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed (a) few personnel including the CO and his family at CCpur (Churachandpur) today. The State forces & Para military are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Behiang is a border village in Manipur, India on the boundary with Myanmar. With a population of roughly 1,000, this village stretches about 2 km along the Tedim road. A majority of the local population belongs to the ZOMI community.
In June 2006, Assam Rifles were stationed in Behiang and they started constructing a new camp site which was officially occupied in January 2008. The Assam Rifles camp is located on the southern side of the village close to the Khenman boundary.
Terrorist groups active in Manipur are
- Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)
- Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL)
- Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF)
- People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK)
- People’s Liberation Army (PLA)
- United National Liberation Front (UNLF)
Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army is suspected to be behind the attack, sources in Assam Rifles said.
Meanwhile, the local police have complained that none from Assam Rifles reached the spot in time to help them send CO Tripathi to a hospital.