No place of violence in democracy, says CM; appeals armed groups for political solution
Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday paid last respects to the three Assam Rifles soldiers, who were martyred in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel District on July 29. He attended a wreath laying ceremony organised in their honour at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
Speaking to media persons, the Chief Minister said that there is no place for violence in a democratic country like India. Strongly condemning the incident, the Chief Minister asserted that the Government would not remain as a silent spectator, and the perpetrators would be definitely hunted down.
Biren also appealed to the armed groups to shun hostilities and come out for a political solution. Stating that the State Government would provide suitable assistance to the families of the martyred Central forces personnel belonging to Manipur, the Chief Minister said that the matter would be put up in the State Cabinet for discussion.
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.
Earlier, Biren Singh led others in laying wreaths and paying last respects to the deceased Assam Rifles personnel. Besides the CM, L Shushindro, MLA, LM Khaute, IPS, DGP, Manipur, Brig DS Shishodia, Dy IG AR (South), Brig Deepak Joshi, Commander, 9 Sector Assam Rifles and Col Prashant Misra, Col ‘A’ 57 Mountain Division also pay homage to the fallen soldiers.
Later, 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.
To honour the supreme sacrifice made by the three martyrs, the wreath-laying ceremony with full military honours was organised under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South).
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 and the Assam Rifles, the IGAR(S) said in a press release. Assam Rifles remains committed to the security of the nation and will continue to uphold its ideals in its pursuit to defeat secessionist forces, the IGAR(S) stated.
Havildar (GD) Pranay Kalita, a resident of Barpeta, Assam, is survived by his wife and two daughters, while Rifleman (GD) Methna Konyak, a resident of Mon District, Nagaland is survived by his wife and daughter. Rifleman Ratan Salam is a resident of Kakching Makha Leikai, Manipur and he has left behind his wife and two sons.
They were dedicated, brave and courageous soldiers of the Assam Rifles. The nation salutes their supreme sacrifice made in the highest traditions of the Force in service of the nation. In this hour of grief, the Assam Rifles stands firm in its solemn commitment to ensure the welfare of the families of the fallen soldiers.