IMPHAL, April 16 � Manipur Government today paid full State honours to the six Manipur Rifles jawans killed in an ambush on independent MLA Wungnaoshang Keishing by suspected militants near Riha village in Manipur�s Ukhrul district yesterday afternoon.
The mortal remains of the slain jawans wrapped in Indian tricolour were brought to 1st battalion Manipur Rifles complex here where State Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh accompanied by DGP Y Joykumar and relatives of the deceased jawans offered floral tributes to the departed souls.
The Chief Minister, terming yesterday�s attack as a �cowardice act�, said that the government will not spare those involved in the attack. When asked about the identity of the attackers, Ibobi said, �We are trying to confirm it�.
He said while speaking to families of the deceased jawans, �The government will provide suitable job or liberalised pension to the next of kin of the deceased jawans.�
Meanwhile, the death toll of yesterday�s attack on independent MLA Keishing�s security convoy has gone up to eight today with another person succumbing to his injuries.
A retired government employee Vaorei Keishing (65) of Nambashi village who had accompanied the Independent MLA, died late Friday night at the Shija hospital here.
Wungnaoshang, who hails from Ukhrul district, has been demanding creation of a district (his Phungyar Assembly constituency) out of the Tangkhul community dominated district but some civil society organisations have opposed it.