The National Defence Academy (NDA) on Tuesday paid tribute to Colonel Viplav Tripathi, commanding officer of Assam Rifles, who was killed in an ambush by terrorists in Churachandpur district of Manipur.
“His martyrdom will continue to inspire future generations of the NDA cadets,” a defence release said.
Colonel Tripathi, his wife Anuja (36), son Abir (5) and four personnel of the Assam Rifles were killed in the ambush on Saturday.
A wreath-laying ceremony was held on Tuesday at the ”Hut of Remembrance” in the National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla in Patna in honour of Colonel Tripathi, the release said.
Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, Commandant, NDA, paid homage to the braveheart in a solemn ceremony on behalf of the NDA fraternity. All key officials of the academy and representatives of 102 Course NDA were present to pay homage to the officer, it said.
Colonel Viplav Tripathi was an alumnus of 102 NDA Course, M Squadron. After passing out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in May 2002, he was commissioned in the 2 Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army, the release said.
“Today, as his name gets inscribed in golden letters with full military honours in the sacred Hut of Remembrance, his martyrdom will continue to inspire future generations of the NDA cadets. The NDA fraternity offers heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of grief,” the release added.
On Monday, the last rites of the Colonel were held with full military and state honours in his hometown Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, and his wife and son were cremated and buried, respectively.