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Some insurgent groups are suspected to be behind Tuesday’s attack on Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre)
Some insurgent groups are suspected to be behind Tuesday’s attack on Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre)|EastMojo image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Army launches massive combing op to nab killers of Arunachal MLA

11 people, including Khonsa West legislator Tirong Aboh and his son, were killed in an ambush in Tirap on Tuesday; MLA’s wife safe, was not part of convoy, say sources

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Itanagar: The Assam Rifles has launched a counter-militant operation in the area after Tuesday’s massacre of 11 people in which sitting legislator from Khonsa West Assembly constituency Tirong Aboh and his son were allegedly killed by insurgent groups.

Aboh, who had won the 2014 assembly elections as a People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) candidate, was seeking re-election from the seat on a National People’s Party (NPP) ticket.

Army personnel conducting a counter-insurgency operation to nab the culprits behind the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh, 10 others
Army personnel conducting a counter-insurgency operation to nab the culprits behind the killing of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh, 10 others
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Although certain media reports said that the wife of the slain legislator was missing since Tuesday, sources close to EastMojo said that it is actually Aboh’s maid who has been missing till now. The maid was also travelling in the convoy which was ambushed by the miscreants.

Aboh was on his way back to Khonsa from Assam for the assembly election results when his convoy was ambushed and attacked upon.

Sources from Khonsa informed EastMojo on Wednesday that Longgem Aboh, the MLA’s 20-year-old son, was driving one of the cars which was a part of the convoy.

“Although he tried to escape from the scene, armed men who were in full combat outfits chased him and fired several rounds of bullets on him. Surprisingly, one of the PSOs who was a part of the massacre has not sustained any injury whatsoever,” the source said.

Tirong Aboh had earlier received death threats from the underground elements and had earlier escaped two attempts on his life, according to police sources.

The militants had earlier in March killed an NPP leader while severely injuring another one who is still recuperating in a hospital in Assam.

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress, meanwhile, alleged that the BJP was responsible for the "prevailing lawlessness and chaos" in the state and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.

It has also demanded chief minister Pema Khandu’s resignation on moral grounds for his inability to handle the law and order situation in the state.

Meanwhile, the rituals for Aboh and his son’s funeral were underway till the time of filing this report