The army units in Arunachal Pradesh have launched an operation in Khonsa to arrest the perpetrators behind the brutal killing of MLA Tirong Aboh, sitting MLA from NPP and also a contesting candidate from Khonsa West constituency and ten others on Tuesday by suspected militants of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland- Isaak Muiwah (NSCN- IM).
Additional forces of the army have also been sent to Khonsa and adjoining areas to nab the culprits behind the killing.
Following the incident, the Superintendent of Police of Khonsa immediately rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation and shifted the dead bodies to the hospital at Khonsa for port mortem.
Meanwhile, DIGP (Eastern Range) and SP, Changlang with additional forces also rushed to Khonsa to assess the situation. The IGP (Law and Order) also moved to Khonsa to supervise and co-ordinate with different security agencies for the operation.
As per the official release of the Arunachal Police, the deceased persons have been identified as: MLA Tirong Aboh, Wangngoi Hakhun, Jalin Hakhun, Longgem Aboh (son of Tirong Aboh), Ganwang Hakhun, Matlam Aboh (burnt), Pangro (teacher), Ponhang Agi (PSO RPL Khonsa), B Siksa (PSO security cell) and other two persons who are yet to be identified.
The injured are: Wangsang Hakhun (PSO) who suffered a bullet injury to his shoulder and Wangdan Hakhun, a civilian who also got shot. A woman and a PSO were successful to escape from the site of incident unhurt.
It may be mentioned that NPP MLA from Khonsa West Assembly constituency, Tirong Aboh was killed in an attack on Tuesday morning while he was returning with his family to Khonsa from Dibrugarh district in Assam. Tirong Aboh was moving in a convoy with four vehicles when they were stopped by armed men and were fired upon.
It is suspected that the ambush was carried out by NSCN-IM militants camped out in the frontier state Arunachal Pradesh. It has been reported that at least 11 people have been killed in the ambush. The militants also set ablaze the MLA’s car.