Efforts are on to identify the groups involved in the attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur. But in the initial investigation, the hand of the People’s Liberation Army, a terrorist organization operating in Manipur, is being said to be behind this incident. At present, more than half a dozen militant groups are active in Manipur. Some of their leaders have also made bases in Myanmar. They also have relations with China. At present, agencies are engaged in investigating the real reasons.
The People’s Liberation Army, which came into existence in 1978, has carried out such attacks in the past as well. But Saturday’s attack is believed to be the deadliest so far. There are about 4000 fighters in this terrorist organization operating in four areas of Manipur. Its main demand is to make Manipur a separate country.
formed a political front
The organization has been targeting the Indian Army, paramilitary forces and state police since its inception. In the 1990s, it had announced not to attack state police personnel. The death of Thodam Kunjbehari, chief of the People’s Liberation Army in 1982, and the death of N. After the arrest of Bisheshwar Singh, this organization was weakened a bit. But in 1989, the organization formed its own political front, named Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF).
Claim to fight the battle of all tribes
The organization claims that it is fighting for all the tribes of the state, but the Nagas, Kukis and other tribal groups of the state are not with it. Its fighters are from Meitei and Pangal castes. About 53 percent of the population of Manipur are from the Meitei community. Apart from Assam, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram, these neighboring countries are also settled in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Usually the people of this community speak Sino-Tibetan language.
The martyr colonel had a special connection with the local people
The Assam Rifles on Saturday said that martyr Colonel Biplab Tripathi served in Mizoram till he was transferred to Manipur in July this year. His goodwill for the society will last for eternity. In Mizoram, under the able and energetic leadership of Col Tripathi, the battalion was at the forefront of border management in thwarting illegal smuggling into hinterland, an official said. In separate actions, the battalion also recovered several weapons, which could have fallen into the hands of anti-national forces. Col Viplav’s association with the local people of Mizoram was one of his notable efforts. The anti-drug campaign launched by his battalion in January 2021 received many accolades and awards.
Two organizations took responsibility for the attack
In Manipur, two banned militant outfits on Saturday claimed responsibility for an ambush on an Assam Rifles team in which seven people, including a commander and his family members, were killed. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) claimed in a joint statement that they carried out the attack on the paramilitary force in Sehkan village of Churachandpur district. Colonel Biplab Tripathi, commanding officer of Khuga Battalion of Assam Rifles, his wife and six-year-old son, besides four personnel of the force were killed in the attack.
Four officers of the rank of CO martyred since 2015
Col. Biplab Tripathi: 46 Assam Rifles
Col. Santosh Mahadik : 41 RR, Kupwara
Col. Ashutosh Sharma: 21 RR Handwara
Colonel Santosh Babu : 16 Bihar Regiment