Arunachal Ambush: Army intensifies ‘massive combing operations’

Arunachal Ambush: Army intensifies ‘massive combing operations’

The Indian Army personnel are seen frisking passenger of vehicle as a part of the ‘massive massive combing operations’ launched after the killing of Tirong Aboh, a sitting MLA from Arunachal Pradesh near Khonsa on May 21. (Photo Courtesy: PRO (Defence), Kohima)

Army personnel crossing a river as a part of the ‘massive massive combing operations’ launched after the killing of Tirong Aboh, a sitting MLA from Arunachal Pradesh near Khonsa on May 21. (Photo Courtesy: PRO (Defence), Kohima)

Assures to track down the perpetrators ‘soon’

Kohima, May 22 (MExN): The “massive combing operations” launched by Indian Army on May 21 following the ambush of the convoy of sitting National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Tirong Aboh, killing him and 10 others, has intensified and the security forces have “effectively blocked the “likely routes of escape and intensified checks along the Nagaland- Arunachal borders,” on official release informed today.


Along with Aboh, 10 others including his minor son, two personal security officers (PSOs) and some of his relatives were killed by “suspected militants” in the ambush in the area of 12 Mile, near Khonsa under Tirap district on Tuesday.


“The troops of the Indian Army have launched a massive search operation in the jungles of Tirap, Longding and Changlang Districts to nab the perpetrators of the cowardly killing,” stated the press release by PRO (Defence) Col C Konwer.


“The Army has also increased area domination teams and mobile check posts are being deployed all along adjoining districts of Nagaland,” it said.


The Army is also working closely in synergy with the police, civil administration and intelligence agencies to identify perpetrators, it added, further assuring that “it will soon track down and bring to justice all perpetrators involved in this horrific act.”


Meanwhile, another release by PRO, HQ IGAR (N), Lt Col L Vincent Patton informed that additional forces including Special Forces troops have also been inducted to ‘add teeth to the operations.’


“The Army has confirmed employment of specialist helicopters with night flying ability and night vision equipment to ensure dynamic, real time and all round surveillance of the area during the prevailing bad weather conditions,” it said.


Reconnaissance helicopters, quadcopters and tracker dogs are also extensively being employed in the operations, it added.