5 arrested for planting IED outside NPP office

Shillong, Oct 11: At least five persons have been arrested in connection with the planting of an IED in front of the office of the National People’s Party (NPP) in Shillong.
Informing this here today, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that a total of five arrests have been made including the individual who actually placed the bomb outside the office.
He said possibly more arrests will be made in the next 24 or 48 hours.
A member of the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) identified as Ksan Kharkongor from the Umphyrnai area was arrested last Thursday. This was after the banned outfit had claimed responsibility for planting the IED outside the office of the NPP.
Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui had said that preliminary investigation has revealed that Kharkongor was involved in placing the IED in that area.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “There could be (a political link) but we don’t know. Police will of course look at all the angles and will do their investigation.”
Meanwhile, security in and around the NPP office has been beefed up.