NIA offers reward for arrest of Arunachal MLA's killers

Itanagar, September 26 (IANS): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has announced cash reward of Rs 3 lakh each for the arrest of two NSCN-IM cadres involved in the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh in Arunachal Pradesh in May last year, officials said here on Saturday.

National People's Party (NPP) MLA Aboh's convoy was ambushed by National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-Issac Muivah) militants near Pansum Thong village in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on May 21, 2019.

Eleven persons, including the MLA and his son, were killed the spot and three others injured in the ambush.

Officials said that the NIA is looking for NSCN-IM's self-styled Lt Col Apem and self-styled Major General Absolon Tangkhul.

Last year, the NIA had arrested accused Ellie Ketok from Dimapur (Nagaland). He was part of the team who actually fired on MLA Aboh and others.

The NIA registered a case on June 10, 2019 and filed a charge sheet against Luckin Mashangva, Jaikishan Sharma, Yangte Josaham, and Napong Jenpi in the special NIA court, Yupia, on January 27, 2020.

The accused are in judicial custody at the Itanagar Jail.

The NSCN-IM members had on an earlier occasion threatened Aboh and his supporters for their opposition to criminal activities of the group.