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Meghalaya Police foils HNLC alleged bid to explode another IED in Shillong and Nongpoh

Shillong, 12 Mar: In a joint operation of East Khasi Hills, D.E.F and Ri-Bhoi D.E.F, Meghalaya Police was able to foil the alleged bid of proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to explode another IED.

According to the police, on March 11 at about 6: 00 pm, one vehicle bearing registration number ML- 12-3243 (Bolero Pick-Up) driven by Damanbha Ripnar was detained at Umsning-Mawhati Road.

One IED was recovered from the vehicle by Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BODS) from Shillong.

Till the filing of this report, one active sleeper cell of HNLC consisting of 4 accused persons has been busted, foiling their attempt to explode more IEDs in Shillong and Nongpoh town.

Police informed that this sleeper cell was taking directions from Bangladesh-based proscribed HNLC cadres.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Damanbha Ripnar alias Shall Lqpanh, Robinis Ripnar, Jill Tariang and Shining Nongrum, all residents of Ri Bhoi district.

From their possession, police recovered 15 Gelatin sticks, 167 splinters (shrapnel inside the JED), 1safety fuse wire, 3 Non electric Detonators, a vehicle, a vehicle B/K N o. ML· 12 3243 (Bolero Plc k Up) and five mobile phones.

In this regard, criminal case vlde Nongpoh PScase No. 25(3)2024 U/s 120 B/121 A
JPC R/w section 10/13/18UA(P)Act and 5/6 Explosive Substance Act.