Army launches massive operation to nab killers of Arunachal MLA, 10 others

DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2019 11:16:42 AM IST

Following the killing of 11 persons, including an MLA, in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district by suspected militants on Tuesday, Indian Army launched a massive operation in the jungles of Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts on Wednesday to nab the culprits.

National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Tiron Aboh and his son Longgem were among the 11 killed when suspected militants opened fire at their vehicles in 12 Mile area near Khonsa. 

Army sources have confirmed that all likely escape routes have been effectively blocked, while checking along the Nagaland-Arunachal border has been intensified. As part of the intensified operation, increased area domination teams and mobile check posts have been put up along the adjoining districts of Nagaland. 

Additional troops, including special forces, have also been roped in to add teeth to the entire operation. The army has confirmed deployment of specialist helicopters with night flying ability and night vision equipment to ensure dynamic, real time and all-round surveillance of the area during bad weather conditions. 

Reconnaissance helicopters, quadcopters and tracker dogs are also being extensively used in the operations. 

The army is working closely in synergy with the police, civil administration and intelligence agencies to identify the insurgents involved in the brutal killings. The Indian Army has assured of soon tracking down and bringing to justice all perpetrators involved in the horrific act.

The Army, the Assam Rifles and the state police have launched the operation to nab the perpetrators involved in the crime, Tirap Deputy Commissioner P N Thungon said.

The Army deployed helicopters on Tuesday night to search the area, which is covered by dense jungle.

“So far, no arrests have been made, but the operation has been intensified by the security agencies by cordoning the area,” the DC said.

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