NSCN-IM ‘leader’ arrested in Tirong Aboh murder case
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Aug. 17: In what has been reported by various news outlets as a major breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is said to have arrested an NSCN (IM) leader from Dimapur on August 16, in connection with the murder of Tirong Aboh, MLA from Khonsa West in Arunachal Pradesh.
Yangte Josaham, a ‘lieutenant’ in the NSCN (IM) hierarchy and the ‘area commander’ of Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district, was arrested during a covert operation by NIA sleuths in Dimapur.
According to reports, Josaham was part of the group involved in the ambush of the four-vehicle convoy near Bogapani—around 20 km from the Tirap district headquarters of Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh—killing the 42-year-old Tirong Aboh, his son Loggem Aboh, NPP general secretary Wangngoi Hakhun and eight others, on May 21 this year.
Josaham was reportedly arrested by a joint team of NIA and military intelligence, and has been taken to Guwahati. The NIA had earlier arrested Sethok Kangnong and Napong Jenpi, both members of the NSCN (IM), for their alleged involvement in the attack.
It was reported that the involvement of Josaham came to light during the interrogation of the duo.
The killings took place after the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections were held on April 11. Aboh, who contested as on NPP ticket, won the elections. BJP won 41 of 60 seats, while NPP came third with five seats.
The BJP government had handed over the case to NIA soon after it took charge.
(With inputs from EastMojo)