Arunachal Pradesh: NPP MLA Tirong Aboh, son among 11 shot dead in militant attack

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. (Source: Facebook/Tirong Aboh)

National People’s Party (NPP) MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others, including his son and security personnel, were shot dead in a militant attack at Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. NSCN (IM) militants are suspected behind the attack, PTI quoted an official.

Aboh was on his way to Khonsa West constituency from Assam, along with four civilians and two police personnel when suspected rebels opened fire at their vehicle near Bogapani village in the district around 11.30 am, PTI quoted Tirap deputy commissioner P N Thungon as saying. All seven died on spot, he said, adding more details are awaited.

Aboh was elected from the Khonsa West seat in 2014 on a Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) ticket.

One security officer, who sustained injuries in the incident, has been admitted to a hospital in Dibrugarh, Assam, Director General of Police (DGP) S B K Singh said.

Meghalaya Chief Minister 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.

"NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its Arunachal MLA Tirong Aboh and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge HM Rajnath Singh and PM Modi to take action against those responsible for such attack," ANI quoted Sangma as saying.

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

Condemning the attack, former state Home Minister Kumar Waii said, "I condemn this incident. This kind of an incident has never taken place before. An inquiry into the incident is important. A political rival has done this," ANI quoted.

Meanwhile, demanding a high-level judicial inquiry into the incident, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee said, "Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his BJP government are solely responsible for lawlessness and all chaos in the state."

In a statement, the party said, "If elected representatives of the state are not safe under the present dispensations at the Centre and the state, how can common people feel secure."