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Arunachal MLA, son among 11 killed in ambush

Arunachal MLA, son among 11 killed in ambush
NPP legislator Tirong Aboh
ITANAGAR, MAY 21 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/21/2019 11:24:14 AM IST

National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others, including his son and security personnel, were shot dead in an ambush at Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The attack was suspected to have been carried out by NSCN, PTI quoted police officials.

Aboh was on his way back from Assam when his three-car convoy was stopped by the Naga rebel group, sources said. One of the cars was reportedly being driven by his son Longgem Aboh. The militants were all in combat fatigue and opened firing on the vehicles, NDTV quoted sources as saying.

The attack took place in Bogapani area, about 260 km east of the state capital Itanagar. The Assam Rifles has launched a counter-militant operation in the area.

Aboh was the sitting MLA from the Khonsa West Assembly seat and was seeking re-election in the ongoing state assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh. One security officer, who sustained injuries in the incident, has been admitted to a hospital in Dibrugarh, DGP S.B.K Singh said. According to police, Aboh had earlier received death threats from the armed group.

While condemning the attack Meghalaya chief minister and NPP president, Conrad Sangma condemned the attack and urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take action against those responsible for the attack.

“Extremely shocked by unfortunate incident of killing of Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh along with several others by insurgents,” tweeted Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju too expressed shock and urged “strongest possible action” against the suspects. “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.”

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee blamed the ruling BJP for the “prevailing lawlessness and chaos” in the state.

Election to 60 Assembly and two parliamentary seats in Arunachal Pradesh had been marked by violence. Tirap, where various NSCN factions are active, had witnessed the killing of an NPP supporter on March 29. He was identified as Jaley Anna. 

Rajnath anguished over killing: Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed anguish over the killing of Aboh his son and nine others by suspected NSCN rebels and termed it as an “outrageous attempt” to disturb peace in the North East. 

“...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,” Singh said in a tweet.

Rio, Patton, pol parties and others flay killing
DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (NPN): Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio; deputy chief minister, Y Patton, political parties of the state and the Church have condemned killing of Arunachal Pradesh legislator Tirong Aboh and 10 others in an ambush by suspected militants in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
Taking to twitter, Rio said  he was  shocked by the news of ambush of Tirong Aboh, along with family and others accompanying him. “I condemn the brutal attack and urge the government to take action against those responsible,” he stated.
Patton: Y. Patton, through the Dy CMO media cell, stated that while the overall law and order situation in the North East was peaceful, such cowardly acts by some disgruntled elements has sent panic and fear psychosis in the minds of the people. 
In this regard, the deputy chief minister has urged the law enforcing agencies to conduct in depth inquiry behind the incident and bring the culprits to book as per the law of the land. Patton also offered condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace.
NPP Nagaland: National People’s Party (NPP) Nagaland has condemned the killing and demanded that the responsible authorities nab the culprits and award befitting punishment at the earliest. 
In a press release, NPP Nagaland general secretary IPR, Ricky Ozukum, stated that such dastardly acts cannot be justified in any manner and ought to be condemned by all right thinking people. The party also demanded CBI probe into the incident.
NPP Nagaland unit has conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members and also wished speedy recovery to the injured.
NDPP: Nationalist Democratic Progressive party (NDPP) has vehemently condemned the cold blooded assassination and said that such senseless and cowardly act of violence has no place in today’s world especially at a time when the North East region is emerging out of its violent past. 
NDPP media & communication committee stated that party president and the rank and file has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that the Almighty would give them solace during this dark hour. 
NPCC: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed shock and sadness over the killing and said that no amount of justification can compensate for this heinous crime.
NPCC through its communication department strongly condemned the act and asserted that it “fully reject those elements of violence that have no respect for human life or values.”
NPCCC demanded that the government of Arunachal Pradesh and the Home Ministry “take serious note of this dastardly killing” and order a high level enquiry to unearth the entire conspiracy and bring perpetrators to book.
It also conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed that God would give them the strength and solace to bear these irreparable losses.
ABAM: Ao Baptist Church Association (ABAM) has condemned the killing and termed it as “antithesis of human being”. 
In a condemnation note, ABAM executive secretary said that killing of someone did not give any answer to any question rather it fuels the anger and dissatisfaction to the one does it. 
“It is more idiotic when a leader is being killed without any reason. Now the questions arise as to where are we heading to? Can a bullet bring solution to one’s muddle? This is foolishness and lunatic and therefore deserves just punishment for whoever involved in this brutal act,” ABAM stated.
The apex body of Ao Baptist churches said it was now the time that the Government of India takes serious steps to keep general public safe failing which everyone in India will be set off in fear and trepidation.
ABAM has, therefore, called upon every citizen to stand for safety and show unflinching determination of fight against any evil agent. The church prayed that all the deceased rest in peace and God’s protection and care be upon the families.

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