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Last rites of Tirong Aboh, 10 others performed with state honours

ITANAGAR, May. 25 (Udaipur Kiran): A tearful adieu was given to former Civil Supplies Minister and sitting MLA of 56-Khonsa West ST Assembly Constituency of Arunachal Pradesh Tirong Aboh and 10 others on Friday, who were killed by suspected underground elements at Bogapani area in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

The last rites Aboh was performed with full state honors with gun salute in the presence of Tirap deputy commissioner PN Thungon, Tirap district police chief, CO 36Bn CRPF, Army Commandant, CO 16 Assam Rifles and Circle Officer, Dadam, Chiefs, GBs, Officers, members of bereaved families and their relatives, public from various places at Dadam near Helipad.

As a mark of respect, a wreath was laid on the mortal remains of Late Aboh by the Deputy Commissioner of Tirap on behalf of the state Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.).

A ceremonial gun salute was accorded by the Arunachal Pradesh Police.

The State Government observed one day State Mourning today as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

The last rites Aboh, his son Along Aboh, Poanhang Agi, Tangro Atoa, Jalin Hakhun, Wangngoi Hakhun, Wangngo Hakhun, Gamwang Hakhun, Matlam Aboh were performed at Dadam helipad and another two bodies  of Patwang Sumpa, Huakan village and Late  Siksa were buried at Upper Kolam village respectively.

Late Tirong Aboh was elected as an MLA from Khonsa West constituency on PPA ticket for the first term in 2014 and later he joined Congress when Nabam Tuki was the then chief minister. Aboh was later inducted as a Cabinet Minister for Civil Supplies and DoTCL for a period of around 4 months.

Aboh, who was killed along with 10 others at 12 mile area in Tirap district on May 21, has defeated his lone rival Phawang Lowang of the BJP by 1055 votes as per results declared by the Election Commission Thursday.

This is the first time that NPP has entered the electoral scene of Arunachal Pradesh thanks to Aboh but its win will be shortlived as the EC will soon announce the mandatory by-poll in the seat.

Aboh was elected from the constituency in 2014 on People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) ticket.

He was on his way to Khonsa from Dibrugarh on the fateful day when the suspected Naga militants opened fire on his convoy consisting four vehicles and killed him along with his son and nine others. Among the dead were two police personnel, officials said.

Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Liken Koyu said that the Election Commission has to conduct by-election in the seat within six months as per rules.

It is worth mentioning that within short span of his political career Aboh has done various developmental projects and infrastructure in his constituency. These include creation of CD, Block Dadam, primary health centre at Dadam buildings, IB at Circle H/Q, Dadam, Mini-outdoor stadium at Circle H/Q, Dadam, upgraded Govt. Secondary School at Dadam, road connectivity from Dadam to Moktowa, 100-bed Girls Hostel for GSS, Dadam, 20-seat hostel for collegiate at Deomali,  water treatment plant (which is yet to be completed), community halls at Moktowa, Huakan, Bera, Kothin, Laho etc.,  inclusion of Dadam circle under BADP, podium-cum-public gallery at Lazu EAC H/Q and a multi-purpose community hall at Circle H/Q, Dadam.

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