Meghalaya: IED blast in West Khasi Hills, HNLC claims responsibility

Meghalaya: IED blast in West Khasi Hills, HNLC claims responsibility
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Shillong, Feb 20:

An IED planted by the banned militant outfit — Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) exploded at the coke factory in Kyllon Mathei village near Riangdo in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya on Thursday wee hours.

When contacted, West Khasi Hills SP, Bashan J Laloo confirmed the involvement of the HNLC in planting of the IED. He said that the blast occurred at around 1 am.

According to him, the blast was of a low intensity since it was small IED adding that there was no report of casualty.

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To rumours that one surrendered HNLC cadre is suspected to be behind this incident, the district police chief refused to comment stating that they are still investigating into the case.

"I would divulge the details once we complete with the investigation," West Khasi Hills Hills SP said.

Meanwhile, the HNLC has claimed responsibility for the blast and stated that the reason was because all these coke factories are benami and being operated by non tribals with the help of local politicians  and businessmen.

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"It is an irony to see that even the employees are all non locals while our own people are deprived of jobs. Areas like Riangdo, Shallang were always doing brisk coal business but till date we did not see any kind of development in those areas," said HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw in a release issued to the media on Thursday.

Nongtraw said that the IED explosion at Riangdo was just a small beginning and warned that the outfit is capable of planting a bomb in crowded places and create more casualties.

"This is again a warning that we could well plant it anytime at a vulnerable place and then the outcome shall be devastating. This is a warning to all the political leaders, businessmen to refrain from indulging into corrupt practices," added Nongtraw.

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