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Shillong: After insurgent group Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) claimed responsibility for the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a police reserve in Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya Police made a second arrest on Thursday.

Neither the home minister Lahkmen Rymbui nor the Superintendent of Police Jagpal Singh gave more details about the two people arrested.

Rymbui said that he did not know whether the two are from HNLC or the general public.

Till the filing of this report, SP Jagpal Singh refused to respond to any phone calls or messages.

On July 14, an IED explosion occurred at one of the police reserves at Khliehriat in East Jaintia Hills District, on Wednesday around 1:30 am. Superintendent of Police of East Jaintia Hills District, Jagpal Singh, informed one person was in the quarter which was attacked. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or injuries, but the explosion led to a loss of property, Singh had informed.

According to the police, it appeared that insurgents took advantage of the dark and the heavy downpour to enact this act of cowardice.

A case has been registered at Khliehriat Police Station, case no 48(07)2021 U/s 120B/121/121A IPC R/w section 3 Explosive Substance Act R/w sections 10/13 UAP Act. The Bomb Disposal Squad, Crime Scene Unit, and other necessary units from the Police Headquarters Shillong were immediately called.

On Wednesday evening, the outlawed HNLC through an email sent a notification claiming responsibility. General Secretary of HNLC, Saiñkupar Nongtraw, claimed, “The HNLC takes responsibility for the IED blast in the quarters of the police reserve, Khliehriat at around 2 am. The reason for the blast was an act of revenge for killing and torturing our members in the past by the police.”

He also sent out a warning to individuals, MLAs and ministers and Star Cement to stop limestone mining in Brichyrnot.

“This also serves as a message to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah that if he remains adamant to the problems faced by the indigenous community, the HNLC will continue to carry out militant activities,” warned Nongtraw.

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