Deputy Of NSCN-IM Militant Suspected To Be Involved In Killing Of Arunachal MLA Nabbed By Security Forces

Indian Army soldiers at forward posts beyond the illuminated fence. (Representative Image) (Gurinder Osan/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 

In a joint operation on Sunday (14 July), the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and Assam Police apprehended a deputy of the self-styled Major General Absolom Tangkhul of insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM), who is believed to be involved in the killing of Arunachal MLA Tirong Aboh, reports Asian News International (ANI).

Self-styled Major Anok Wangsa, Area Commander, Longding-Charaideo-Mon regions of the insurgent group NSCN-IM, was apprehended after the security forces carried out a joint operation in the early hours of Sunday (14 July).

“At around 3.30am one of the teams intercepted a vehicle which was moving on the Namtola – Jampan Axis and immediately identified and apprehended the individual. Search of the vehicle yielded concealed weapons and ammunition,” said an official release.

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During interrogation, Wangsa confirmed that he had hidden more weapons, ammunition and war like stores in his house located near Assam-Nagaland border.

The teams then carried out a detailed search of his house which resulted in recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and war like stores which included one AK-56 Rifle, many pistols and more than Rs five Lakh in cash.

"The apprehended individual is the deputy of Self Styled Major General Absolom Tangkhul of NSCN (IM) who is believed to be involved in the killing of MLA Tirong Aboh,” the release said.

Aboh, who was National People Party’s MLA from Khonsa West constituency in Arunachal, was killed along with 10 others in May this year by suspected militants.

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