Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh MLA Tirong Aboh, son, among 11 killed in militant ambush

Itanagar: Sitting MLA from Khonsa West Assembly constituency Tirong Aboh and 10 others were killed in an ambush in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

“Eleven persons including MLA Tirong Aboh, his son, two personal security officers (PSOs) were killed in an ambush at 12 Mile, twenty kilometres before Khonsa at around 1330 hrs,” said Arunachal Pradesh DGP SBK Singh.

The DGP said that the four vehicles in which the MLA, his son, election agent and four PSOs travelling from Dibrugarh were ambushed by a suspected insurgent group at 12 Mile, adding, two PSOs have survived the attack.

Aboh was National People’s Party (NPP) candidate from Khonsa West Assembly constituency.

“We are collecting further details. This (ambush) was done in a planned manner,” the DGP said.

Expressing grief, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for this dastardly attack.

“I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of MLA Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people. Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack,” Mr Rijiju said in a tweet.

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma expresses shock

NPP chief and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed shock over the tragedy. “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.

“Extremely shocked by the unfortunate killing of Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh and several others, by insurgents. Strongly condemn this barbarous act. Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators. My heartfelt condolence & may souls of those departed rest in peace,” Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted.

Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Kumar Waii suspects ‘political rivalry’ behind the killing of sitting National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others.

Waii, also said that an enquiry would be initiated into the matter.

“I condemn this incident. This kind of incident has never taken place before. An inquiry into the incident is important. A political rival has done this,” said Home Minister, Kumar Waii on the death of MLA Tirong Aboh and his family.