A few hours before the attack on Colonel Biplov Tripathi’s convoy in Manipur, terrorists did a recce

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 14 November

Before targeting an Assam Rifles (AR) convoy in Manipur on Saturday, terrorists had not only conducted a recce but were also aware of the presence in the vehicle of Colonel Biplov Tripathi’s wife Anuja and their six-year-old son Abir.

Col Tripathi, the commanding officer of 46 AR, his wife and son and four other security personnel were killed in the attack. Manipur-based terrorist organizations People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sources in the security establishment said that Col Tripathi’s son was studying in a local school in Lumka. Aimed from a distance of barely 20 metres, the vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device and grenades. Sources said the terrorists were armed with automatic rifles.

“The group had rehearsed the attack, possibly hours before the incident,” sources said, adding that the terrorists were aware of the movement of the convoy. The Zomi Council, a group of 10 tribes, said the incident has put the life and safety of the Zomi villagers living in the area at risk.

A vehicle of an Assam Rifles convoy which was ambushed by terrorists.