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ITANAGAR, May 21: Eleven persons including NPP candidate and sitting MLA of 56 Khonsa West Tirong Aboh and his family members were shot dead on Tuesday morning by suspected NCSN (IM) militants at Bogapani in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Sources said that the MLA and his family were travelling in an SUV from upper Assam’s Dibrugarh to Khonsa when the incident took place.
According to reports, Aboh and his younger son died on the spot. One of Aboh’s PSO is said to be in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment.
Tirong Aboh was contesting the Assembly elections this year as a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate.
Earlier, NSCN (IM) allegedly threatened him for campaigning for the NPP.
According to reports, suspected NSCN (IM) militants could be behind the attack, which took place at Bogapani village of the district at 11.30 am.
Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP president Conrad K Sangma has strongly condemned 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 said in a tweet.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said he was “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.”
Meanwhile the State unit of the NPP has also expressed shock over the assassination of Tirong Aboh, and 6 others at Bogapani village in Trap district, Arunachal Pradesh.
A press release issued by Ch Ajang Khongsai, working president of NPP Manipur, mentioned that Aboh was seeking re-election from Khonsai West Assembly seat and strongly condemned the inhuman violence committed by NSCN.
It continued that the party, in its meeting held today at its head office, observed a minute of silence as a mark of respect to the departed leader and his associates.
The party also highly condemned the covert act of NSCN in the strongest term and appealed to all to refrain from such act in the future.
It also prayed for the bereaved family and appealed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh to deliver justice as per the law.