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Sitting MLA, son, and 9 others killed in ambush; Attempt to disrupt peace and normalcy: HM

ITANAGAR, MAY 21:

In a shocking and tragic incident, sitting MLA from Khonsa West assembly constituency, Tirong Aboh, his son, and nine others including two police personnel were killed in an ambush by suspected Naga insurgents on Tuesday.

State DGP SBK Singh informed that the incident took place around 1.30 pm at 12th Mile area, 20 kms from Khonsa on Khonsa-Deomali road, when the convoy of the MLA was attacked by suspected armed militants.

One security officer, who sustained injuries in the incident, has been admitted to a hospital in Dibrugarh, Assam, the DGP said, adding that the MLA and ten others were killed on the spot.

Aboh (41) had successfully contested the Khonsa West seat with the People s Party of Arunachal (PPA) back in 2014 and was looking to retain the constituency on a National People s Party (NPP) ticket this time around.

Later in the day, the State Police in a statement said that operation by Army units has been launched in the area to arrest the perpetrators. The SP immediately rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation and shifted the dead bodies to the hospital at Khonsa for post mortem, it added.

The DIGP(E) and SP Changlang with additional forces have been rushed for Khonsa. IGP (L&O) has also moved for Khonsa to supervise and coordinate with different security agencies for the operation, the police statement said.

While no organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack as yet, it is suspected that the ambush was orchestrated by a faction of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). No official, however, has confirmed this information yet.

The three districts of the State, viz. Tirap, Changlang, and Longding (TCL) have been affected by Naga insurgency for decades.

Meanwhile, top leaders including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, NPP President and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, former Home Minister and NPP leader Kumar Waii have condemned the ghastly act of violence.

"Shocked and anguished by the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh ji, his family and others in Arunachal Pradesh. It is an outrageous attempt to disturb peace and normalcy in the North East. The perpetrators of this heinous crime will not be spared. My condolences to the bereaved families," Rajnath Singh said in a tweet.

Rijiju said strongest action would be taken against the perpetrators of such an act. I m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of MLA Shri Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people. Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack, he tweeted.

Expressing his shock over the incident, CM Khandu said the perpetrators will be hunted down. "Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators. My heartfelt condolences. May the departed souls rest in peace," he said.

Conrad Sangma sought the intervention of the Prime Minister's Office and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the incident.

"The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh (Arunachal Pradesh) and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge @rajnathsingh and @PMOIndia to take action against those responsible for such attack," Sangma tweeted.

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