SHILLONG, February 21, 2018: In a shocking revelation, reports suggest that the proscribed Garo National Liberation Council (GNLA) had planted over 30 IEDs in and around East Garo Hills to sabotage the ensuing Assembly Elections in state, of which only three have been recovered.
This was revealed by a former GNLA cadre surrendered before the BSF last week.
Confirming the reports, SP East Garo Hills, Ringrang Momin said, “we have received the information but are yet to verify whether the same is true or exaggerated”.
police sources informed that one IED was recovered prior to the brutal killing of NCP candidate Jonathane N. Sangma and three others on Sunday, the other exploded on Sunday evening taking the life of Jonathone while the third one was recovered only yesterday from Samanda but on the other side of the Simsang river.
The district police chief said that more police teams including the elite SF10 have been pushed into action to recover the remaining IEDs if there are any.
Earlier, sources informed that the GNLA is trying to impose a sense of insecurity amongst the voters in Williamnagar as well as Songsak constituency with an intention to sabotage the election.
Concerns are raised over the security apparatus in the state particularly in militancy-torn Garo Hills. In light of this, the government has deployed additional forces in vulnerable areas of the state while assuring to provide security to all the candidates.