Itanagar: Has the National Investigation Agency (NIA) finally zeroed in on the killers of Tirong Aboh, the sitting MLA of Arunachal Pradesh’s Khonsa West assembly constituency? If a few posters, which are making the rounds on social media, especially in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, are to be believed, the central agency has not only identified the accused in the sensational killing of Aboh and 10 others in an ambush near Bogapani in Tirap district on May 21, but it is also on their lookout.
If the claims are true, then the NIA has apparently made a major breakthrough in the case that hogged headlines across the country for the manner in which the MLA and his aides were killed on that fateful day.
The posters consist of information regarding a few NSCN cadres, including self-styled Lt Col Apem, a resident of Tizit in Nagaland; self-styled Captain Ellie Ketok, a resident of Kheti village under Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh; self-styled ‘Kilonser’ Ravi Wangno, a resident of Dadam village under Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh; self-styled Major General Absolon Tangkhul, a resident of Phatang village under Ukhrul district of Manipur; and self-styled Captain Victor Tangkhul, a resident of Ukhrul district of Manipur.
As per the posters, the NIA has also announced cash rewards ranging from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh for the individual(s) who can provide information leading to the arrest of the accused.
Tirong Aboh, sitting MLA from Arunachal Pradesh’s Khonsa West assembly constituency, along with 10 others were shot dead by insurgents near Bogapani in Tirap district on May 21. The case was later on handed over to the NIA in June.
The Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh, popularly known as ‘TCL’ region, has for long been known as a “disturbed area” with incidents of murder, extortion, loot and other subversive activities being carried out almost on a regular basis by underground militants. These rebels, for some reasons, have allegedly been able to carry out their activities right under the nose of the state and Central governments.
Earlier in December 2007, insurgent groups had shot Wangcha Rajkumar, former Congress MP from Arunachal East constituency, at Deomali in Tirap district.