SHILLONG | May 14, 2019:
Two days after a 52-yr-old Romeo Lyngdoh was shot dead with an AK-47 rifle at Lapalang village near Pynursla, the banned militant outfit — Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the act.
In a press statement issued on Tuesday, HNLC general secretary cum publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw claimed their cadres were responsible for the death of Romeo lyngdoh, who, according to them, had received ‘death penalty’ due to his involvement in activities against the HNLC and the ‘Jaidbynriew‘.
According to Nongtraw, Romeo was a sanctioned agent, who worked as a police informer and was paid handsomely and was instrumental in recruiting informers for the state police locally and also from Bangladesh.
Romeo was reportedly hunted down by the HNLC the year 2008 and was found and shot to death by the militants on the night of May 12.
It may be mentioned here, that in 2016 when the police had seized huge explosives from three HNLC adres and United Liberation Front of Asom bomb expert from Mawlieh point near Langkyrdem, the car which seized belonged to the deceased.
Clarifying on this matter, the HNLC leader said, in 2016 when their cadres were arrested, they had reserved Romeo’s car, not knowing that he was a police informer adding that he was the one who had provided information to the police about their plan.
Meanwhile, with the death of Romeo, the HNLC threatened to ‘eliminate’ those people in their ‘hit list’. “From now onwards we shall not reveal the names of people in our hit list. We shall hit first and then we shall make our claims legitimate,” he added.