IED explosion in Khliehriat

Shillong, July 14: A boundary wall of the Police Reserve building at Khliehriat which is the district headquarter of East Jaintia Hills district was damaged in a blast triggered by miscreants early this morning.
The bomb blast incident took place at around 1.45 am.
Speaking to reporters, State Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said there was an IED explosion at the police reserve but no casualty was reported during the incident.
He said the bomb squads have been deployed at the site. “The matter is being investigated to know who is behind the incident,” Rymbui added.
The Home Minister said that the incident could be the handiwork of some desperate people who are not happy with the actions being taken by the police to curb illegal activities in the region.
“The police are very vigilant now to curb illegal activities. Maybe there are desperate people looking at the actions of the police, they are trying to create this type of thing in the district,” he said.
However, the banned Khasi rebel outfit – the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has issued a statement claiming responsibility for planting an IED blast at the police reserve.
District police chief, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa informed that the IED blast took place in the residential quarters of police reserve, Khliehriat.
“It appears that terrorists took advantage of the dark and heavy downpour to enact this act of cowardice. Till the filing of this press release proscribed outfit HNLC has claimed responsibility for the explosion,” he said in a statement.
A case has been registered at Khliehriat police station.
Stating that investigation is underway, the SP said one person has been arrested so far in connection with the incident.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner E Kharmalki informed that the boundary wall of the police reserve was damaged in the explosion that was carried out by unknown miscreants.
He also said that it is yet to be ascertained whether any militant group is responsible for this.
He said police have collected evidence from the place of occurrence and are conducting checking of vehicles. The Deputy Commissioner also said that a case has been registered and investigation is underway.