SHILLONG: Members of the ruling National People’s Party escaped unhurt when a live bomb was detected at the entrance of the party office here on Monday when Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu was on a tour of the city.
The Meghalaya Police successfully defused a two-kg improvised explosive device, officials said.
The banned Hynewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has claimed responsibility for the bombings in protest against the killing of its leader, Cheristerfield Thangkhue, in an encounter in August.
Naidu was in the city to inaugurate a road project and attend a conference of the North Eastern Council.
A senior district police official told PTI that in the afternoon a passer-by at the entrance of the NPP party office at Lachumere here reported the presence of an unclaimed bag and a bomb disposal squad was sent to the spot, which placed explosives in it. separated.
He said the live bomb was defused and that the HNLC has claimed responsibility for planting the bomb in a post on social media by its self-styled general secretary Sankupar Nongtrao.
The organization claimed that Thangkhiv’s killing was the result of a “political conspiracy” by ministers in the state and warned NPP leaders of retaliation in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region.
It also demanded the immediate resignation of ministers from the party.
The militant outfit had recently planted several IEDs and one of them went past a busy market in Shillong in August in which two persons were injured and a building was damaged.