Shillong: Meghalaya Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui told the assembly on Monday that seven improvised explosive device (IED) blasts were triggered in the State over the last five years.
Replying to a query raised by Congress legislator Mohendro Rapsang, he said the home department has strengthened the intelligence network and also the cybercrime network to gather intelligence and preventsuch incidents in the future.
He also added that the Government of India had given the green signal to go ahead with peace talks with the banned outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). Rymbui mentioned that the group has been responsible for most of the IED blasts that have taken place so far.
Rapsang questioned the Minister how many arrests had been made in connection with each of the cases, to which Rymbui responded that arrests have been made and charge-sheets produced in connection with several cases but since some of the cases were being looked at by the Judicial Commission, he couldn’t divulge further details.
“The mandate of the government is to maintain peace and tranquility,” the Home Minister underscored.