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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 11:43 IST

AP police, reaching dead end in Matey murder case, announces ₹2.5L reward for info on NSCN terrorist

The former legislator's murder led to a manhunt for the NSCN-K mastermind as the government offered a reward, and the case moved to the NIA.

Arunachal Pradesh police announces cash reward announced for mastermind's whereabouts
Arunachal Pradesh police announces cash reward announced for mastermind's whereabouts | Image:Arunachal Police/ X
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Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh: Days following the murder of former Arunachal Pradesh legislator Yumsen Matey by the Yung Aung faction of the banned outfit NSCN-K, the state government took action by announcing a cash reward to know the whereabouts of the NSCN terrorist Tonglu Akham Hasik, who is still evading the police. The police have placed a cash reward of Rs 2.5 lakh as Hasik is believed to be the mastermind behind Matey's tragic killing.

The incident occurred on December 16 when Matey, a former Congress lawmaker, was shot by unidentified gunmen in Raho village, in Tirap district along the India-Myanmar border. Tirap SP Rahul Gupta revealed the reward announcement on Friday, urging those with information about Hasik of the NSCN-K outfit, to come forward

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In a statement released by the outfit on Thursday, they alleged that Matey's assassination was due to his ‘active involvement in anti-NSCN activities.’ The outfit further detailed that Matey had been organising anti-NSCN propaganda within Tirap district and had conspired against the NSCN/GPRN. The outfit clarified that the incident was unrelated to the upcoming Arunachal Pradesh state assembly election. Further the banned organisation in their statement had added they refrains from intervening in state politics.

Matey, who previously represented the Khonsa West assembly constituency on a Congress ticket in 2009, later joined the BJP in 2015. Earlier this year, he expressed his intention to contest the assembly polls scheduled for 2024. Before embarking on his political journey, Matey had served as an education officer in Changlang district.

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Subsequently, on December 21, the state government decided to transfer the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The state home department forwarded the case to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the NIA's appropriate direction in handling the matter.

Official data revealed that the Tirap-Changlang-Longding (TCL) region has witnessed a significant number of insurgency-related fatalities in Arunachal Pradesh. Out of 239 such fatalities recorded since March 2000, 183 have occurred in this region.

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Published December 30th, 2023 at 10:13 IST

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