Police arrests one for involvement in Khyndailad IED blast

Shillong, Jan 31: Police have been able to arrest one person for his involvement in the IED blast at Khyndailad on Sunday evening.

East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police (SP), Sylvester Nongtnger during the course of enquiry, he admitted his involvement and claimed himself to be the ‘Area Commander’ of Shillong Region of the banned outfit- Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

On his leading, a crude IED was recovered from the residence of his relatives which was safely defused and duly seized in the presence of independent witnesses.

Nongtnger, said that an IED was detonated at the entrance of the Centre Point building, Police Bazar, Shillong damaging the wall, windowpanes and signage of the shops located in the aforesaid building. Following the blast, Crime Scene Unit (CSU) and a bomb squad rushed to the blast site. The place of occurrence was cordoned and necessary steps of investigation were taken.

Meanwhile, a case under Shillong Sadar police station No. 27(01)2022 U/S 120 (B)/427 IPC R/W Sec. 5 Explosive Substances Act has been registered and investigation is in progress.

Meanwhile, the HNLC has claimed responsibility for the blast.

The HNLC stated that the IED was triggered since a few business establishments refused to pay ‘tax’ to the outfit.


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Shillong hosts Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Region Zone-III meet

Shillong, Jan 31: The Executive Committee Meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Region Zone-III of the Speakers and Deputy Speakers of North Eastern States was held in Shillong on Monday.

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker, Metbah Lyngdoh who is also the president of North East Region Institute of Parliamentary Studies & Research (NERIPSTR) informed that this institution in Khanapara, Assam whose building has been completed will soon start extending support to all legislators of the north eastern states.

He also said that setting up of such an institution in the region is basically is to impart training and extend support to all the legislators of the regions and also officials of these assemblies.

“As of now the MLAs of the north eastern states have to attend this training workshop programmes in the Lok Sabha. So we felt that the institution is the need of the hour of the distance location,” Lyngdoh added.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Speaker also said that construction of the Assembly building at Mawdiangdiang will be completed by June this year.

Lyngdoh said that due to the pandemic, the construction of the building has been delayed.

“We had to review and re-fix the date of completion of different items of works in the new Assembly building. But I hope and pray that Covid should not hamper the ongoing construction of the building,” he added.

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