Shillong: The seizure of an IED recovered outside the National People’s Party office on Monday has seemingly forced an uneasy quiet upon officials and ministers in Meghalaya.
Despite repeated attempts, Shillong City Superintendent of Police Vivek Syiem, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger, Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and Chief Minister Conrad Sangma decided to steer clear from commenting on the alleged security breach.
The chief minister, however, said the government will only comment once the police submit their report on the incident.
The IED was recovered Monday around 3:30 pm inside an abandoned ‘blue bag’ kept in front of the office of the National People’s Party at Lachumiere locality of Shillong.
Security officials and the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad were soon rushed to the spot. By then, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) had already claimed responsibility through a Facebook post released under the name of the outfit’s general secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw.
Although normalcy returned soon after the bomb was defused, questions are now being raised on the security arrangements in the state.
Meanwhile, no official statement on the quantity of the IED recovered from the area has been issued yet.
In their Facebook post, the outfit has also threatened the state’s politicians and said the death of former HNLC militant Cherishterfield Thangkhiew was a political conspiracy.
The Facebook post read: “We have received information from reliable sources regarding the death of (L) Bah Che that it was a complete political conspiracy by some ministers of the state of Meghalaya…where these ministers will hide themselves before the upcoming elections…we will hunt them, chase them and intimidate them…hence we will shoot and kill them without any mercy.”
Attacking the government and the police for “arresting some innocent people without any evidence”, the post further said, “The government… it was trying to showcase it’s strength by allegedly accusing Bah Che that he was involved in extortion and IED bomb blast. The allegations against Bah Che was just miscalculation and disinformation.”
The HNLC, through their social media post, has also warned party workers of NPP and want their immediate resignation from the party. The outfit has threatened to take strong measures against the “higher-ups office bearers of the NPP in Khasi as well as in Jaintia hills”.
“Those who go against this warning will need not ask any questions or seek any answers from the HNLC,” the post said.
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