A sitting MLA of Arunachal Pradesh and 10 others accompanying him were gunned down by suspected NSCN (IM) militants in Tirap district around 1 pm on Tuesday.
Police sources said the militants had waylaid the vehicle of MLA Tirong Aboh near a tea estate in the remote Bogapani area in Tirap district and fired from assault rifles. Aboh, a leader of National People's Party (NPP) also contested in the Assembly elections held on April 11.
Sources said the MLA and six others died on the spot but two of his PSOs, who had a miraculous escape rushed to Khonsa town and informed police about the incident. Police officials, however, were not in a position to give details of the six other deceased. However, Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India in a tweet claimed that in total, 11 people were killed in the ambush.
Police sources said security forces rushed to the spot and launched a manhunt for those behind the attack.
NPP president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma condemned the incident and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh seeking action against the assailants.
This comes a day after unidentified miscreants ambushed a polling team and snatched EVMs in Kurung kumey district.
NSCN (IM), a Naga rebel group is in a ceasefire in Nagaland since 1997 and is in peace talks with the Centre. Sources said NSCN (IM) is suspected to be behind the attack as the rebel group has a stronghold in the area in Arunachal Pradesh. NSCN (IM) is yet to react to the incident.
Quoting security officials, DH on Thursday reported that militant groups were in the Northeast were planning attacks to show their strength following a crackdown on their hideouts in neighbouring Myanmar.