On Thursday, November 18, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the probe into the November 13 ambush that took the life of 7 Assam Rifles men, including the Commanding Officer and his family, would soon be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
The Manipur Government has started the process of handing over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and has written to the Home Ministry about it.
Quick recap on the Manipur November 13 ambush
Army Colonel Viplav Tripathi, the commanding officer of the 46 Assam Rifles, his wife, and their six-year-old son, along with four paramilitary force personnel, were killed in a joint ambush near the India-Myanmar border in Churachandpur district by militants from the banned People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF).
Suman Swargiari, Khatnei Konyak, RP Meena, and Shyamal Das were the names of the four other Assam Rifles troops slain in the ambush.
Around 10.30 a.m., Col Viplav Tripathi’s convoy was driving through Sehken village in Singngat subdivision when an IED exploded, setting them up for a barrage of indiscriminate fire from the forested slope.
Late in the evening, the PLA and MNPF issued a joint statement claiming responsibility for the killings.