The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has stated that it has received no specific information that points towards involvement of foreign hand in the attack on an Assam Rifle convoy on November 13 in Manipur. 

“There’s no specific information indicating any kind of involvement of foreign hand in the attack,” the MHA said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. 

At least five personnel of 46 Assam Rifles, including the commanding officer colonel Viplav Tripathi (41), his wife Anuja Tripathi (36) and their 6-year-old son Abeer Tripathi were killed in an ambush near Sehkan village in Manipur’s Churachandpur district on November 13.  

The MHA further informed that the probe into the dastardly attack is being thoroughly conducted by the national investigation agency (NIA). 

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“An extensive operation was conducted in surrounding areas by security forces to nab insurgents involved in a recent terror attack on the Assam Rifles convoy. NIA is conducting the probe,” the MHA said. 

The ambush was carried out jointly by Manipur based separatists group People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and Manipur Naga People’s Front (MNPF). 

IEDs were used by the militants before the Assam Rifles personnel launched a counter-attack. 

The other four personnel killed in the ambush were Rifleman Suman Swargiary, Rifleman Khatnel Konyak, Rifleman RP Meena and Rifleman Shyamal Das. 

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