Perpetrators will be hunted down: CM
IMPHAL, 31st Jul: Chief Minister N Biren Singh paid last respects to the three Assam Rifles soldiers, who lost their lives in the July 29 militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel District, during a wreath laying ceremony organised at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport here on Friday.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister asserted that there is no place for violence in a democratic country like India.
Strongly condemning the incident, the Chief Minister declared that the government would not remain as a silent spectator, and the perpetrators would be definitely hunted down.
While appealing to armed groups for shunning hostilities and come out for a political solution, Chief Minister Biren assured that the state government would provide all possible assistances to the family of the martyred central force personnel belonging to Manipur and the matter would be put up in the state cabinet for discussion.
Led by Chief minister Biren Singh, the ceremony was attended by Khurai MLA L Susindro; DGP LM Khaute; deputy IGAR (S) Brigadier DS Shishodia; 9 sector AR commander Brigadier Deepak Joshi; 57 Mountain Division Colonel Prashant Misra and family members of the martyred soldier from Manipur.
After paying tribute to the soldiers, the Chief Minister met the family members of Ratan Salam, who was one of the three Assam Rifles slain soldiers, and expressed his deep condolences.
Sharing their grief, the Chief Minister said that attaining martyrdom for the country is like entering heaven alive.
Responding to a query regarding casualties of COVID-19 patients, the Chief Minister said that all the persons, who had died so far, had pre-existing ailments. As such, it was hard to save their lives, he informed. However, the Government has been trying its best to save every single life, the Chief Minister stated.
"Manipur has a policy for all jawans of the Army and paramilitary forces who lose their lives in terrorist or insurgency attacks. The matter will be taken up in Cabinet and assistance will be provided to the family of the victim," Biren told reporters.
Ratan Salam's mother, when approached by the reporters, said her elder son, who was in the CPRF, was also martyred in a militant ambush in 2007.
"Both my sons sacrificed their lives for the nation," she said.
Meanwhile, in a release, PRO IGAR (S) condoled the death of three soldiers and stated that the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers hailing from Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, truly represents the idea of unity in diversity - the strength of our nation.
The PRO informed that Havildar (GD) Pranay Kalita, who was from Barpeta in Assam, is survived by his wife and two daughters and Rifleman (GD) Methna Konyak, a resident of Mon District, Nagaland is survived by his wife and daughter. Rifleman Ratan Salam was a resident of Kakching Makha Leikai, Manipur and he left behind his wife and two sons.
The PRO said “the nation salutes their supreme sacrifice and Assam Rifles stands firm in its solemn commitment to ensure the welfare of the families of the fallen soldiers.”