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Chakat Aboh (centre), wife of slain MLA Tirong Aboh
Chakat Aboh (centre), wife of slain MLA Tirong Aboh|File image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Slain Arunachal MLA Tirong Aboh’s wife: Our fight is for justice

Chakat Aboh thanks CM Pema Khandu for NIA probe and addressing all the issues and appeals raised by the bereaved families of the Tirap massacre victims

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Khonsa: Chakat Aboh, widow of MLA Tirong Aboh, on Tuesday thanked the Pema Khandu government in Arunachal Pradesh for addressing all the issues and appeals raised by the bereaved families of the ambush victims who were killed by suspected militants at 12 Mile near Bogapani in Tirap district on May 21.

MLA Aboh, who posthumously retained the Khonsa West Assembly seat on a Janata Dal (United) ticket, was killed along with 10 others on the ill-fated day.

The distraught families had appealed for bringing in National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the killing so that the perpetrators of such a barbaric act are brought to justice. Further, the victims’ families sought adequate compensation and government jobs for the next of kin.

Endorsing the sentiments of the aggrieved family members, the state Cabinet, while condemning the incident, referred the matter to the Centre for considering it to be investigated by the NIA. The Union ministry of home affairs, through order number 11011/25/2019/NIA on June 6, confirmed handing over of the case to the NIA.

Other appeals attended were adequate compensation and government jobs for the next of kin which have also been honoured, as the state government announced ex gratia of Rs 20 lakh each with a Group C post of government job for the next of kin of all the victims.

Expressing gratitude to CM Khandu and the people of Arunachal Pradesh for standing by their side during the hour of crisis, the wife of the slain leader appealed all not to politicise the matter in the days to come.

“Our fight is to get justice which I am sure will be delivered as the country’s top investigating agency is investigating the incident. Since I not only lost my husband but also my loving son on that fateful day, my only plea is that the culprits should not be spared at any cost,” she said.

She also thanked the 7th Legislative Assembly including all political parties for endorsing the sentiments unanimously.