Police have arrested four suspected overground workers of Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) who were allegedly involved in the IED blast at the Khliehriat Police Reserve in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, said officials on Tuesday.

A havildar was injured in the IED explosion triggered by suspected HNLC militants on July 14.

“East Jaintia Hills District Police has arrested four HNLC overground workers who were involved in the IED explosion at Police Reserve in East Jaintia Hills District,” G. K. langrai, Asstt Inspector General of Police (AIGP) said in a statement.

He said all of them boarded a vehicle and thereafter, went to Police Reserve to place the IED.

“On the intervening night of July 13 and 14 they triggered the explosion which resulted in minor damage of a police building and injuring one police personnel,” AIGP langrai added.

Police also arrested two other HNLC militants, who were involved in the unfurling of the outfit’s flag in 2019 and in attempting to trigger an IED explosion at a Coke factory in Khliehriat.

“The investigation of the case is still in progress and the investigation team is on the lookout for other activists of the proscribed organisation who are involved in the case,” said the police official.

Earlier on Wednesday, two suspected HNLC rebels were arrested in connection with the explosion.

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