Arunachal MLA, 10 others killed in ambush

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (MExN): At least 11 persons, including Arunachal Pradesh legislator Tirong Aboh and his son were killed in an ambush in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, May 21.

Aboh, a sitting National People’s Party (NPP) MLA from Khonsa West constituency of Arunachal Pradesh, contested the recently held assembly elections for a second term. Polling for 60 assembly seats along with the two Lok Sabha seats in the state took place on April 11.

Police said that the MLA, along with his family members was travelling from Dibrugah in Assam to Khonsa, when the vehicle was ambushed.

Reports from national news agencies like the Indo Asian News Service (IANS) and the Press Trust of India (PTI) said that the ambush was perpetrated by suspected militants at Bogapani in Tirap district , located on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju confirmed the number of killed to be 11 and condemned the incident.

“I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of MLA Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people.

Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” he tweeted.

NPP chief and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed shock over the tragedy. “The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh (Arunachal Pradesh) and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge @rajnathsingh and @PMOIndia to take action against those responsible for such attack,” he tweeted.

“Extremely shocked by the unfortunate killing of Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh and several others, by insurgents. Strongly condemn this barbarous act. Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators…” tweeted Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio also expressed shock at the news of the ambush and tweeted: “I condemn the brutal attack and urge the government to take action against those responsible.”

The NPP Nagaland unit, meanwhile, demanded that the concerned authorities nab the culprits and award befitting punishment at the earliest.
“The party asserts that such dastardly acts cannot be justified in any manner and ought to be condemned by all right thinking people. The party demands CBI inquiry on this matter,” a press note from the NPP Nagaland said.

It reminded that this is the second of such incident where “NPP party is targeted during this election” informing that on March 29, one NPP supporter was killed and another injured by “suspected militants” in Tirap district.

It also conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery for those injured.