Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Police Department has announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh each for precise information leading to the arrest of two criminals who escaped from a jail in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday last after killing an India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) constable.
In a sensational jailbreak incident, two operatives of the Nikki Sumi faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), NSCN-K, Roksen Homcha Lowang and Titpu Kitnya, on March 26, snatched the service AK-47 rifle from the on-duty sentry, Wangnyam Bosai, and fired upon him before fleeing from the Khonsa Jail.
The 1st IRBn jawan, Bosai, who was shot in the stomach, attained martyrdom while being taken to neighbouring Assam’s Dibrugarh for medical intervention.
“It is thereby brought to the public’s attention that a reward of Rs 1 lakh has been declared upon the criminals involved in this case. The reward shall be given to any individual who can provide accurate information that leads to the arrest of the criminals,” a statement issued by the Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) said on Thursday.
It assured that the identity of the informant would be kept a secret.
Police had registered a case under Sections 223/224/392/302/34 of the Indian Penal Code, read with Sec. 25(1A)(B)/27 of the Arms Act and 10/13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, at Khonsa PS, and launched a manhunt for the escaped prisoners immediately after the jailbreak incident.
While Titpu Kitnya, who hails from Chengsa village under Kharsang police station in Changlang district, was a convict in a murder case, Roksen Homcha Lowang, a native of Borduria village in Tirap district, was an under-trial prisoner.
“Efforts are on to locate the escapees by Tirap police, supported by 6 Assam Rifles and 36 Bn CRPF,” a senior police officer has said.