Imphal: St Paul’s Institute in Churachandpur declared a ‘Day of Mourning ‘ on Monday in homage to the martyred Assam Rifles‘ soldiers, commanding officer Col Viplav Tripathi and his wife Anuja and their son Abeer, in a militant attacked in Manipur on Saturday.

“Dear Abeer, our time together may be short, but you have left memories deep in our hearts,” the students, staff and parents of the institute said in a condolence message.

Eight-year-old Abeer Tripathi was a Class 2 student at the school, which remained closed on Monday to observe a ‘Day of Mourning’ for the departed.

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“St Paul’s institute is sad to convey the news about the cowardly and barbaric attack on a convoy of the 46 Assam Rifles on the morning of 13 November at around 10:00 am in which the Commanding Officer Col Viplav Tripathi, his wife Mrs Anuja Tripathi and their son master Abeer Tripathi lost their lives,” read the condolence message.

With a heavy heart St Paul’s institute express our deepest sorrow upon the loss of these beautiful souls. May the Almighty bless the departed souls, and give courage and comfort to their loved ones to bear the irreplaceable loss, it added.

On Saturday, five personnel of 46 Assam Rifles along with the commanding officer and his wife and a minor son were brutally killed while several others were injured in an ambush, which was jointly carried out by Manipur-based People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF) near Sehkan Village in Churachandpur district. 

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