AGARTALA Suspected NSCN militants Tuesday gunned down sitting MLA and NPP assembly poll candidate Tirong Aboh and ten others, including his son and security personnel, in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, a top police officer said.
Aboh (41), who represented the Khonsa West constituency, was seeking a re-election from the seat.
Initial reports suggested that seven people were killed in the attack, but Director General of Police (DGP) S.B.K. Singh put the death toll at 11 later in the day.
Aboh was on his way to his constituency from Assam, along with family members, three police personnel and a poll agent, when the suspected NSCN rebels opened fire at their vehicles near 12 Mile area in the district at around 11.30 am, Singh told PTI.
One security officer, who sustained injuries in the incident, has been admitted to a hospital in Dibrugarh, Assam, the DGP said, adding that the MLA and ten others were killed on the spot.
Expressing his shock over the incident, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said the perpetrators will be hunted down.
“Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators. My heartfelt condolences. May the departed souls rest in peace,” he said.
Condemning the attack, NPP president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma sought the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
“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 tweeted.