Raigarh: The sky roared with the 21 guns salute as Colonel Viplav Tripathi, who was killed in the line of duty along with his wife and eight year old child and four other soldiers in a terror attack in Manipur, was laid to rest on Monday.
Grief and cries enveloped the mourning sky as thousands gathered at Colonel Tripathi’s hometown Raigarh on Chhattisgarh for the last rites that took place with full state and military honours.
“The heaviest coffin” was how many on social media paid tribute to little Abeer Tripathi, with a picture of his casket.
“Heaviest coffin, if this doesn’t move you, NOTHING will! Paying rich tributes to Col Viplav Tripathi, his wife and 8-year-old son who lost their lives recently in a terror attack in Manipur,” wrote Tahir Ashraf, a police officer from Jammu and Kashmir.
“Every soldier is prepared to lay down his life in battle. But there is an unwritten rule…families will not be targeted. They broke this rule. They killed his wife and 8-year-old son. My heartfelt condolences to families of the martyred Assam Rifles jawans & Col. Viplav Tripathi” wrote Major Gaurav Arya.
Uttarakhand Governor Lt General Gurmeet Singh offered “deepest condolences” to the “bereaved families”. “The dastardly attack is strongly condemnable. Targeting family and child is an act of cowardliness and too low,” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday.