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Arunachal Pradesh: NSCN (K-YA) cadre beaten to death in Longding

In a sensational incident, an overground worker of the NSCN (K-YA) militant outfit was thrashed to death by irate villagers in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district. The incident happened at Longphong

In a sensational incident, an overground worker of the NSCN (K-YA) militant outfit was thrashed to death by irate villagers in Arunachal Pradesh’s Longding district.

The incident happened at Longphong village where locals thrashed the NSCN (K-YA) overground worker identified as Wangjow Wangsa who hailed from Kunsa village. As per sources, Wangsa was beaten to death by the villagers as he had been constantly harassing them for money. Reportedly, the deceased had been involved in collecting illegal taxes and extortion money on various occasions.

Reportedly, the incident took place when Wangsa had come to the village to collect illegal tax in the name of the NSCN (K-YA). When some of the people refused to pay up, Wangsa attacked them with sharp weapons. It was then that the villagers got hold of him and beat him up which ultimately resulted in his death.

As per police, the situation is still tense in the area. Noteworthy here is that prior to this, a similar incident had happened in May last year when villagers of Longkhao villge had beaten up two active cadres of the NSCN (K-YA). The two militants were eventually handed over to the Assam Rifles and the police.

Extortion and illegal taxation by militant outfits like the NSCN (K-YA) is a long going issue with the area of the Tirap-Changlang-Longding districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Often there have been reports of skirmishes between locals and militants or their supporters on such issues.

First Published: 8th April, 2022 13:56 IST

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