SHILLONG, Mar 02: Two people were injured on Monday morning after militants hurled a crude bomb at a petrol pump in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district, police said.
The incident occurred at around 6.15 a.m. when unidentified Garo militants lobbed the crude bomb at the Indian Oil petrol pump injuring two workers - Amresh Kumar and Mejentis Sangma.
“Two petrol pump workers were injured in the bomb attack. They have been rushed to hospital and their health condition is stated to be stable,” said the Superintendent of Police (SP), West Khasi Hills (WKH) district, Sylvester Nongtynger said while adding that an investigation is on to identify the attackers.
He also said that police along with the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) personnel are conducting a search operation in and around Shallang to nab the culprits.
“We are not ruling out the involvement of militant groups,” Nongtynger said.
He said the blast was mainly to create fear in the minds of the people.
Though no militant group has as yet claimed responsibility for the blast, intelligence agencies suspected the involvement of a faction of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) or A’chik Matgrik Elite Force (AMEF), the militant groups believed to be active in the region.
Sources say that previously the GNLA hasserved a demand note to the petrol pump demanding Rupees one crore, which was not heeded.