Editorial

Political assassinations

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/23/2019 1:15:25 PM IST

 In a shocking reminder, that political assassinations have become almost fait accompli, Tirong Aboh and, the sitting NPP legislator of Khonsa West, Arunachal Pradesh and his son along with nine others travelling in the three-vehicle convoy were brutally murdered in cold blood by armed militants on May 22 between Khonsa and Deomali. According to media reports, Tirong Aboh was vocal about acting against militancy. The slain MLA was on his way back from Assam for the assembly election results when his three-car convoy was stopped by members of an armed rebel group and then were fired upon at point blank range. One of the cars was reportedly being driven by Tirong’s 20-year-old son Lonnggem, who studies in Bangalore and was on summer vacation. The militants were all in combat fatigue and opened firing on the vehicles, sources said. It may be recalled that Tirong Aboh was among the 12 former BJP legislators who quit the party and joined the National People’s Party led by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma. According to some media reports, the motive for the assassination was reportedly political and which only leads to conclusion that it was a politically related. The reports also said the late Tirong had received death threats several times and for which he complained to police but no adequate security had been provided. If it is true, then those at the helm of affairs have a lot of explaining to do to the law. In a democracy where rule of law is supreme and where those in authority are totally obligated and duty-bound to ensure that criminals and anti-social elements are not given any space for subverting democracy; the present BJP government (which is actually made up totally of turncoats from the Congress) is in the dock. The dastardly assassination in the form of ambush has to be thoroughly investigated in order to identify, arrest, book and punish all those involved in the plot. Assassinating or murdering an elected leader is tantamount to committing genocide on the electorate. In a democracy, there is freedom of speech and action in a fair manner and electing a leader is the highest form of freedom of choice. By killing an elected leader, those involved have shown they do not belong to any free and just society and therefore, are enemies of the people. The report that late Tirong had lodged several complaints with the law enforcement and state authorities about the death threats also clearly reveals that by not taking heed or providing security, the ruling government is complicit in the conspiracy. In a study about assassinations, it was suggested that, while most assassinations of politicians were perpetrated by violent groups, most assassinations of opposition leaders were initiated by the political rivals or their proxies. This indicates that more attention needs to be given to the safety of the political leaders during instances of hostile rivalry. Politicians whose stand confronts the ideologies or existence of any organised non-democratic group are most vulnerable, so the effort to include the creation of mechanisms to ensure the safety of political leaders is needed. Thus, like a law of thermodynamics where heat lost is heat gained; the law needs to find out who gained by the dastardly killing of the MLA, his son and others?

 

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