Shillong: Following an IED explosion inside a coke factory site in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, it has been alleged that a day before the blast suspected members of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) had demanded an amount of Rs 13 crore from the owner of the factory.

According to reports, an FIR was filed at Shallang Police Station by Dharambir Bansal from Kyllongmathei Shallang and mentioned that he had received a phone call on February 19 (mobile number — 8131883512) who had claimed to be an HNLC cadre and demanded Rs 13 crore.

While speaking with EastMojo, West Khasi Hills SP Bashan Laloo confirmed that Rs 13 crore was demanded from the owner of the coke factory. He also added that the police have registered a suo motu FIR and a case has also been registered over the incident.

According to the FIR, the windshield of the truck (bearing registration number NL 01 0724), which was parked at the factory site, was also damaged by the miscreants.

Meanwhile, the police informed that investigation is on and every effort will be made to nab the culprits involved in the blast at the coke factory.

HNLC on Thursday issued a statement claiming responsibility.

“We claim responsibility for the IED explosion at Kyllon Mathei Pyndeng Jalong because all these coke factories are benami businesses. These factories are flourishing with the help of local politicians and businessmen,” read the statement.

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