ITANAGAR, Mar 26: A sentry succumbed to bullet injury while two prisoners escaped from the Khonsa jail in Tirap district on Sunday at 5 PM, police said.
The incident has been confirmed by the Tirap Superintendent of Police.
The escapees have been identified as Roksen Homcha Lowang, a cadre of the NSCN-K(NS) and Titpu Kitnya.
“One accused, namely Roksen Homcha Lowang of NSCN K(NS) and another convict, namely Titpu Kitnya, snatched the service rifle (AK-47) from the sentry on duty, namely Wangniam Bosai, a constable of the 1st IRBn, Khonsa and fired at the constable. Both the accused and the convict escaped from the UTP Cell of Khonsa jail. The incident took place around 5 pm in the evening today,” the Tirap Superintendent of Police informed.
Constable Bosai was shot in the abdomen area and was critical as per the doctor and succumbed to his injury while being shifted to Dibrugarh.
A combing operation, led by the Tirap Superintendent of Police and the Commandant, 6 Assam Rifles, has been underway.
The escapees took away the AK-47 rifle, which was snatched from the sentry on duty, the SP informed.According to sources, the mortal remains of the sentry have been brought to Khonsa for conducting legal formalities and last rites.