GUWAHATI: To honour the supreme sacrifice made by Havildar Pranay Kalita, Rifleman Methna Konyak and Rifleman Ratan Salam of the Assam Rifles, who laid down their lives in the line of duty on July 29 in Manipur, a wreath-laying ceremony with full military honours was organised at Tulihal Airport, Imphal under the aegis of HQ Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South) on Friday.
Three soldiers of Assam Rifles were killed while six others were left injured in a deadly ambush near the Myanmar border in Chandel district south of Imphal in Manipur on July 29.
During the solemn occasion, wreaths were laid to pay homage to the fallen soldiers by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, MLA L Shushindro, Manipur Director General of Police LM Khaute, Brig DS Shisodia, Deputy Inspector General, AR (South), Brig Deepak Joshi, Commander, 9 Sector Assam Rifles and Col Prashant Misra, Col ‘A’ 57 Mountain Division.
“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. Assam Rifles remains committed to the security of the nation and will continue to uphold it’s ideals in it’s pursuit to defeat secessionist forces,” an official statement of the Assam Rifle said.
Havildar Pranay Kalita, a resident of Barpeta, Assam, is survived by his wife and two daughters, while Rifleman 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 solem commitment to ensure the welfare of the families of the fallen soldiers,” the official statement added.