Itanagar: A supporter of the state unit of National People’s Party (NPP) was allegedly beaten to death by unidentified miscreants at Kheti village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on Friday night.
The deceased has been identified as Jaley Anna, a supporter of sitting MLA Tirong Aboh who is contesting the ensuing assembly elections from the Khonsa West seat as an NPP candidate.
Reportedly the miscreants also attacked another person namely Khamney Aboh who is at present admitted at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh, Assam and is believed to be in a critical condition.
A statement released from the state unit of NPP on Saturday said that a group of unidentified people entered the houses of Anna and Aboh in Kheti Village at around 9.30 pm and took the duo away with them to some distance far from the village.
“The miscreants thrashed them badly and later dropped them near the village at around 10.30 pm. The villagers took the duo to the district hospital, however, Anna succumbed to his injuries after some time,” NPP state vice president Nima Sangey Saling said in a statement.
Saling said that Anna mentioned the name of one Eli Ketok before his last breath. Ketok who also lives in Kheti village is allegedly a member of the NSCN (IM), a banned underground outfit. “Anna succumbed to the merciless beating by Eli Ketok of NSCN (IM) and his group. The condition of Aboh is also critical,” Saling said.
Following the incident, an FIR has been lodged at Khonsa Police Station by Chathien Anna, wife of late Anna and NPP district president Naklam Besai.
Tirap deputy commissioner P N Thungon and superintendent of police J Meena, when contacted, refused to comment on the matter saying “the case was under investigation”.
Strongly condemning the incident, the NPP has meanwhile, called upon all the political parties of the State to not get involved with any kind of underground elements during the electoral politics.
“We should try to gain the sympathy of the people through our hard work and connect with the ones at grass root level with a clear vision of development peace and harmony. Peace in the society is the key to bring about all round development in the state,” the party said.