Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday paid his last respects to the three Assam Rifles soldiers, who were martyred in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel District on July 29. He attended a wreath laying ceremony organised in their honour at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

Chief Minister Biren Singh also met the family members of Ratan Salam, who was one of the three Assam Rifles slain soldiers, and expressed his deep condolences.

Speaking to the media, the Chief Minister Singh said that there is no place for violence in a democratic country like India. Strongly condemning the incident, the Chief Minister asserted that the Government would not remain as a silent spectator, and the perpetrators would be definitely hunted down.

The Manipur Chief Minister also appealed to the armed groups to shun hostilities and come out for a political solution.

Meanwhile, a pall of gloom has descended on the family of the martyred Assam Rifles jawan Ratan Salam. The grief stricken widow of Ratan Salam lamented the loss of her husband.