NSCN (IM) militant wanted in Arunachal MLA murder case arrested

May 14, 2020, 3:01 PM, Tinsukia: In a major finding, on Wednesday a joint team of Army, Assam Rifles and Arunachal Police have arrested self-styled sergeant major with National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM), Puman Wangsu, is one of the most-wanted militants under the National Investigating Agency (NIA) list, wanted for the murder of MLA Tirong Aboh, from Arunachal’s Longding district. According to the source, the accused who has reportedly confessed to his involvement in the Tirong Aboh murder case

The 42-year-old Tirong Aboh, MLA representing the Khonsa West constituency, his 20-year-old son Loggem Aboh and party general secretary Wangngoi Hakhun and eight others were killed in an ambush near Bogapani, around 20-km from district headquarters of Khonsa in Arunachal Pradesh. The four-vehicle convoy they were travelling in was stopped and fired upon on May 21.

The federal agency had registered a case under section 302, 307 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 25(1b) (a), 27 of Arms Act and section 10, 13 of UAPA Act on June 10 after the state government handed over the case to NIA. The first arrest in the case was of Yangte Josaham – self-styled lieutenant of NSCN-IM – area commander of Arunachal’s Longding district, from Dimapur in Nagaland in August 2019.

The original case was registered by Arunachal police. All attempts to speak to the superintendent of Longding police turned futile.

In another development, security forces arrested SS capt (revenue & political officer) Hangnog Pangtha alias Pangdong, a militant of NSCN (K2), from Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh, in connection with extortion from contractors and government officials. He was earlier with NSCN (R).