Shillong (Meghalaya) , Jan 17 : Banned Meghalaya based insurgent outfit, The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has claimed responsibility behind the attempted IED attack at a coke factory in East Jaintia Hills district on Jan 15 last .
Police recovered the IED bomb from the premises of the factory at Umpleng (Bthei) village in East Jaintia Hills . A bomb disposal squad immediately swung into action and defused the IED .
“After seeing the media reports, we have verified that the opposition raised by the three localities and the NGOs is against the Daloi of Elaka Sutnga and the Rangbah Shnong for issuing NOC to the coke factory even after the intervention of the High Court,” HNLC publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw stated in a press statement issued here today.
The statement said that the outfit had planted the IED at the factory as it was not happy with the recent developments .
“We later decided not to explode the IED due to the presence of the local indigenous people. The members of the outfit also decided not to launch attack against the security of the factory,” Nongtraw, who is also the outfit general secretary said in the statement .