Raigarh mourns its brave son and his men killed in a militant ambush in Manipur
Four personnel of the country’s oldest paramilitary were also killed in the militant ambush in Manipur
A pall of gloom descended on Raigarh town and several local residents rushed to the house of a commanding officer of Assam Rifles who, along with his wife and son, were killed in a militant ambush in Manipur on Saturday.
Four personnel of the country’s oldest paramilitary were also killed in the attack.
“We learnt about his death at around 12:10 pm from a relative who is also in the Indian Army and posted in the same region. Army officials told us that Viplav’s seven-year-old son was airlifted but he did not survive. Everyone in our family is in a state of deep shock,” Rajesh Patnaik, Colonel Viplav’s uncle and a resident of Raigarh, said.
Viplav’s younger brother, Anay, is also in the Army and posted in the same region, he added. “Anay was in Raigarh and was going to Mhow (Indore) for some training programme when we got the news... He rushed to Kolkata on Saturday evening,” Patnaik said.
Patnaik also said that Colonel Viplav Tripathi was inspired by his freedom fighter grandfather, Kishori Mohan Tripathi, who was also a member of the Constituent Assembly.
“Viplav joined the Indian Army with the goal of serving the nation, taking inspiration from his grandfather... His father, a senior journalist, and his mother, a social activist, also encouraged him. He has sacrificed his life while serving for the country. We are proud of him,” he said.
The deceased colonel’s father runs a vernacular newspaper, Dainik Bayaar, in Raigarh.
Officials who knew Colonel Viplav said: “He always had a good joke to crack. He had a joke for every occasion. His humour was outstanding...”