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Colonel Tripathi’s convoy kept an eye on every moment, Manipur attack was done after long planning!

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The ambush in Manipur on Sunday was a well-planned attack, which was executed with utmost precision. Colonel Biplab Dev, his wife, son and four jawans were killed in the attack. Apart from these, six have also been injured. According to a senior official, such an attack in the Northeast has happened after a long time, in which family members have also been targeted. It is believed that the militants who carried out the attack had infiltrated into India from Myanmar. However, this attack has once again raised alarm bells regarding the security situation in the Northeast.

According to TOI news, Chinese-made weapons like AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns, anti-tank mines and grenades are continuously reaching Myanmar, from where they are coming into the hands of Indian extremists from across the border. On one hand a big operation has been started to nab the militants, while on the other hand, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Army Chief General MM Naravane and other top officials have been given full details of this ambush.

According to the senior official, “After this ambush attack, the strategy to deal with extremist groups in the Northeast region will need to be re-looked at.” Let us inform that Col Tripathi, his family and his quick reaction team went on a tour of the forward posting of the Assam Rifle Battalion on Friday with a convoy of four vehicles. This forward post was in the Behyang area, which is close to the Myanmar border. Another official said that there was another function in the village on the same day.

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Col Tripathi’s convoy was attacked when he was returning from the battalion headquarters at Khuga on Saturday morning. “Apart from conducting pre-reconnaissance for the attack, the militants would also have kept a close watch on the movement of the convoy,” the official said. First the IED blast took place and after that the firing started from different directions.

The internal security situation in Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and large parts of Assam has improved over the years. In view of this, the army has shifted two division headquarters along with 14 infantry battalions from operations against the insurgents operating in these states and placed them on the LAC with China in eastern Ladakh.

Operations against extremism in these areas are now with the Assam Rifles, which operates within the army but administratively comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Paramilitary forces are stationed along the border with Myanmar, while along with the army, they also conduct operations against the insurgents from time to time.

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