The banned outfit, Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) today claimed that it planted an IED that exploded at Soo Kilo under Sutnga Elaka in East Jaiñtia Hill on Thursday.
In a press statement, self styled publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw claimed that the incident was “covered up and hidden” by the police department… “Because they never want to show that the HNLC is still strong and has its roots all over the Khasi and Jaiñtia Hills region.”
Nongtraw stated that nobody was injured in the explosion, but claimed “its impact had sent shock waves in the entire area.”
He claimed that the Doloi of Sutnga was warned to stop illegal activities in Soo Kilo, which according to the outfit, the area is famous for prostitution, gambling and many other anti-social activities. “Even after 11 months the Doloi did not pay any heed to our warnings, which made us to take a firm step by exploding the IED,” he stated.
“The hiding tactics of the police department shall encourage the HNLC to come out with more of such operations, whereby we do not care at all if lives are lost. If at all any such incidents take place whereby human lives are lost, the police department is sure to blame the HNLC even if we are not involved,” he stated.