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Slain MLA Tirong Aboh’s widow Chakat Aboh won the recently held Khonsa West by-election in Arunachal Pradesh as an independent candidate
Slain MLA Tirong Aboh’s widow Chakat Aboh won the recently held Khonsa West by-election in Arunachal Pradesh as an independent candidate|EastMojo image
ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal: Calls to Chakat Aboh’s aides before bypoll create panic

Even though slain MLA Tirong Aboh’s widow was chosen as consensus candidate for Khonsa West constituency, intimidating calls to her election agent and other workers worry residents of Tirap

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: Even though the by-election to Khonsa West Assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district is over, there seems to be a sense of fear in the people, especially among those who supported the recently-elected MLA Chakat Aboh, the widow of Tirong Aboh, who was gunned down by insurgents on May 21 this year.

A few intimidating phone calls made by unidentified persons to Aboh’s election agent Nokrang Pumoh and a few other supporters before the by-poll are now doing the rounds in Khonsa. This has brought about a sense of panic once again in the region.

According to sources close to EastMojo, Pumoh received a caution call on his phone from an unknown number around 10 pm on October 20, a day before the by-election on October 21.

In the recording of the phone call, which is available with EastMojo, the unidentified caller can be heard instructing Pumoh not to support the consensus candidate.

“Stop your drama and listen to what I am saying. We know everything. Don’t try to pull off any smart moves and attacks on us. You know what we are supporting,” the anonymous person can be heard saying.

“We know that you (Pumoh) are a big leader and doing some big works. You should listen to us. Now we know,” the caller says after a while.

Interestingly the anonymous caller can be heard incessantly referring himself to as “we”.

According to the sources, similar calls were received by a few other workers of Chakat Aboh ahead of the by-election. “With all the major parties of the state projecting Chakat as their consensus candidate for the by-poll, we thought the by-election process would be smooth. However, these intimidating calls to her election agent and workers depict a different picture. It seems we will never be free from the grips and shadows of these anti-social elements,” a local leader from Khonsa said on the condition of anonymity.

Some insurgent groups were suspected to be behind the killing of former Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre) and 10 others in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on May 21 this year
Some insurgent groups were suspected to be behind the killing of former Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre) and 10 others in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on May 21 this year
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Tirap deputy commissioner PN Thungon said that the case is under investigation. “During our initial inquiry, we have come to know that the call was made from Khonsa town. We are looking into it,” he said.

Kardak Riba, the superintendent of police (SP) of the district, told EastMojo that a complaint letter from Chakat Aboh was handed over to him by the deputy commissioner on October 24, the day of the results. “Chakat in her complaint addressed to the deputy commissioner had requested the latter to look into the threat calls made to her workers before the by-poll and some other cases including the May 21 massacre and the alleged murder of National People’s Party (NPP) worker Jaley Anna in Kheti Village in March this year,” said Riba.

SP Riba said the case of intimidating calls fall under non-cognizable offence and he had to forward the same to the judicial magistrate. “The case is in the hands of the judiciary as of now,” said Riba.

Chakat Aboh had won the recently held Khonsa West by-election as an independent candidate.

The seat had fallen vacant after her husband and sitting MLA, Tirong Aboh along with 10 others were gunned down by suspected insurgents in Tirap district on May 21 this year.

Tirong Aboh, 56, a resident of Dadam village in Khonsa, was seeking re-election from the constituency as an NPP candidate. The militant attack, the biggest in the frontier state, came two days ahead of counting of votes on May 23.

Also, suspected underground operatives had also allegedly beaten Jaley Anna, one of Tirong Aboh’s workers, to death in Kheti village on March 29.