Colonel Viplav Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles, his wife Anuja (36) and son Abir (5) besides four personnel of the paramilitary force lost their lives in an ambush by militants in the north-eastern state.
Martyrs Who Sacrificed Their Lives in Manipur Ambush
- Col Viplav Tripathi
- Rfn Sanjay Swargiary
- Rfn Khatnei Konyak
- Rfn R P Meena
- Rfn Shyamal Das
Lt Gen PC Nair, AVSM, YSM, DG Assam Rifles conveys heartfelt condolences to the families of our Brave Soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty in Manipur. pic.twitter.com/fDa4c9BgsC— The Assam Rifles (@official_dgar) November 13, 2021
Who is Assam Rifles’ Colonel Viplav Tripathi?
Colonel Viplav Tripathi hails from Raigarh in Chhattisgarh. He was born on May 30, 1980 and moved to the Sainik School Rewa (Madhya Pradesh) after passing class 5th at a school in Raigarh town. His father, Subhash Tripathi is a senior journalist and editor of a local Hindi daily and his mother Asha Tripathi is a retired librarian.
After Sainik School, Viplav joined the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla and then the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
In 2001, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Kumaon Regiment in Ranikhet. He later passed a command course from the Defence Service Staff College (DSSC) Wellington.
Anay Tripathi, younger brother of Viplav, completed his studies from the Sainik School Rewa, and is also an army officer, now posted as Lieutenant Colonel in Shillong.
Col Viplav was inspired by his freedom fighter grandfather (Kishori Mohan Tripathi) who was also a member of the Constituent Assembly. He joined the Indian Army with the goal of serving the nation.
About 2021 Manipur Ambush
On 13th of November 2021, terrorists 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. During the attack, six people including Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife, his son, and four soldiers lost their lives while many others were left injured.
Manipur-based militant groups, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) claimed responsibility for the ambush attack in Manipur’s Churachandpur district.
According to sources, Colonel Tripathi recently busted a drug racket in a major operation which resulted in a huge money loss for the narco-terrorists.
About 2015 Manipur Ambush (A Similar Incident)
A similar tragic incident occurred in 2015 where 18 Army soldiers were martyred in the Chandel district. After this incident, Indian Army undertake a swift cross-border military operation in coordination with the Myanmar army.