Guwahati: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today paid his last respects to the Assam Rifles jawans who were killed in an ambush by militants in Chandel district.
"With deep sorrow, I paid homage to the three brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in a cowardly attack by the militants in Chandel district on 29th July, 2020. The country will always remember their martyrdom and their sacrifice will not go in vain", Biren wrote in a tweet after paying his respects.
With deep sorrow, I paid homage to the three brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in a cowardly attack by the militants in Chandel district on 29th July, 2020. The country will always remember their martyrdom and their sacrifice will not go in vain. pic.twitter.com/v3NANZ6Ret— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) July 31, 2020
The Chief Minister also met the mourning families of the jawans and promised to "take up necessary arrangements to rehabilitate and provide a quality life for the families of martyrs from Manipur."
Three Assam Rifles personnel were killed and five injured in an ambush near the India-Myanmar border at Chandel area in Manipur on Wednesday night.
A senior government official said that a group of 15 soldiers were returning from an area dominance patrol at Khongtal in the Chandel area when an improvised explosive device exploded. Thereafter they came under heavy fire from the members of an insurgent group.
"On 29 July 2020, an area domination patrol in Khongtal, Chandel dist, Manipur. At 18:45 hrs the patrol party got ambushed on their way back," said a senior government officer. The incident happened about three kilometers from the India-Myanmar border.
'They were returning to their post after three days of operation along the international border. The deceased have been identified as Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman Y.M. Konyak and Rifleman Ratan Salim.
Later, the banned People's Liberation Army (PLA), Manipur Naga People's Front (MNPF) and United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) have jointly claimed the responsibility for an ambush