Manipur ambush: Mortal remains of martyred Colonel and kin reach Chhattisgarh
A large number of people turned up at Colonel Tripathis house to pay tributes to him.Colonel R S Thakur of the Assam Rifles, four other officers and 45 personnel, who reached Raigarh on Sunday evening, visited Colonel Tripathis house to express condolences to the bereaved family members.
The mortal remains of Colonel Viplav Tripathi, his wife and son, who were killed in a militant attack in Manipur two days back, were brought to their hometown Raigarh in Chhattisgarh on Monday, officials said.
Colonel Tripathi, the Commanding Officer of Khuga Battalion of the Assam Rifles, his wife Anuja (36), son Abeer (5) and four personnel of the paramilitary force were killed in an ambush by militants in the north-eastern state on Saturday.
Col Viplav Tripathi's younger brother, Lieutenant Colonel Anay Tripathi, state's Higher Education Minister Umesh Patel, Raigarh MP Gomti Sai, local MLAs, district administration and police officials were present at the airstrip, he said.
From there, the bodies were taken in an open flower-decked truck to Colonel Tripathi's home here. The mortal remains will later be kept at the Ramleela ground for the public to pay homage, he said.
The final rites will be held in the evening at a crematorium near Circuit House with full military and state honours, the official said.
Meanwhile, the Raigarh town observed a spontaneous bandh as a mark of respect to the martyred soldier. A large number of people turned up at Colonel Tripathi's house to pay tributes to him.
Colonel R S Thakur of the Assam Rifles, four other officers and 45 personnel, who reached Raigarh on Sunday evening, visited Colonel Tripathi's house to express condolences to the bereaved family members. Col Tripathi's father Subhash Tripathi is a senior journalist and editor of local Hindi daily 'Dainik Bayar'.
In 2001, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Kumaon Regiment in Ranikhet, he said.
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