Shillong: Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday allayed fears of insurgent group HNLC during the upcoming by-polls in three assembly constituencies.

Recently, the outfit had warned voters against voting for the National People’s Party (NPP). Meghalaya is an NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA).

The home minister said the diktat was just a political statement. “In any democracy, in India, every voter has the right to chose. The party also has the right to chose it’s candidate,” he said.

Asked if the Meghalaya government was is taking the threats seriously, Rymbui said, “The government is taking all precautions and will continue to take all necessary precautions to avoid any problem in the state. Action will be taken against people trying to create any kind of mischief.”

The Meghalaya home minister added that the police department never takes any threat lightly. He said they are covering all bases to maintain peace and tranquility in the state.

On October 4, a crude bomb was placed in front of the NPP office at Lachumiere locality in Shillong. The banned outfit claimed responsibility.

Following the event, an overground worker was arrested who admitted to placing the bomb.

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