Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre) was killed in an ambush along with 10 others on May 21 last year
Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh (centre) was killed in an ambush along with 10 others on May 21 last year|File image
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Arunachal MLA killing case: Chargesheet filed against Ellie Ketok

Chargesheet filed against accused Ellie Ketok in connection with the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others in an ambush by NSCN-IM militants in May last year

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday filed a supplementary chargesheet against accused Ellie Ketok before a special NIA court in Yupia under Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The chargesheet was filed in connection with the killing of an MLA and 10 others in Arunachal Pradesh allegedly in an ambush by the NSCN-IM militant group in May last year, said a communiqué.

Ketok has been charged under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and murder and relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The convoy of Tirong Aboh, the MLA from Khonsa constituency, was ambushed by armed terrorists of the NSCN-IM on May 21, 2019 near Pansum Thong village in Tirap district. The MLA was travelling to Khonsa from Dibrugarh.

The MLA was among 11 people killed in the ambush, while three others suffered injuries, the officials said. The agency has already chargesheeted four accused -- Luckin Mashangva, Jai Kishan Sharma, Yangte Josaham and Napong Jenpi -- on January 27, 2020, the release said.

The NIA has found that members of the NSCN-IM had allegedly conspired to kill the MLA and others due to his opposition to extortion activities of the terror group in Tirap, the release said.

The agency has found that some NSCN-IM cadres led by self-styled “major general” Rockwang Tangkhul alias Absolom Tangkhul, who has been absconding, formed a group to execute the killing.

The group was financed by Jai Kishan Sharma, it said. The NSCN (IM) members had on an earlier occasion threatened the MLA and his supporters for their opposition to criminal activities of the group, the NIA has alleged.

"In pursuance of this conspiracy, on May 21, 2019, the members of this terrorist group fired with sophisticated weapons in an ambush at the convoy of Tirong Aboh MLA, Khonsa leading to death of eleven people and injuries to three others," the release said.

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