The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet on Sunday decided to hand over the assassination case of Khonsa West MLA Tirong Aboh and 10 others to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

In its first meeting held in Itanagar, the state cabinet headed by chief minister Pema Khandu condemned the killing of Aboh.

The Council of ministers unanimously decided that thorough investigation should be carried out in a time bound manner and justice should be delivered expeditiously to the bereaved family members by booking and nabbing all the culprits involved urgently, a statement from the CMO said.

As a mark of respect to the departed souls, the cabinet approved for providing a ‘Group C post’ in the government to the next of kin of the deceased and also an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to the next of kin, the statement added.

Eleven persons, including Khonsa West MLA Aboh and his 20-year-old son, were killed in an ambush by suspected militants in the 12 Mile area in Tirap district on May 21.

The legislator was on his way to Khonsa, the district headquarters of Tirap, from upper Assam’s Dibrugarh when suspected Naga militants opened fire on his four-vehicle convoy. Two police personnel were among the dead.

Aboh had contested this year’s assembly elections as a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate and also retained the Khona West assembly constituency by defeating his lone rival, Phawang Lowang of the BJP by 1055 votes.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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