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Meghalaya CM condemns Tura bomb blast
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 10:
Published on 11 Oct. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Condemning the Tura bomb explosion in which seven people were injured, Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma Sunday asked the state police to step up security in Garo Hills region.
The explosion took place last night when unidentified people lobbed the crude bomb from a moving vehicle inside a bakery shop at a crowded market in Tura, West Garo Hills district. Of the seven injured persons, four have been admitted at a government-run hospital in Tura, while one was shifted to a private-run hospital in Guwahati. Three were released after administering first aid, the police official said. “This is an act of cowardice by the miscreants who are a menace to the society,” Sangma said.
The government, he said will make every effort to investigate into the matter and nab the culprits.
Though, no militant groups have claimed responsibility for the blast, intelligence agencies suspected the involvement of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a rebel group operating in the region.
However, home minister HDR Lyngdoh said the blast was carried out by miscreants to create fear-psychosis in the minds of the local people. “Nonetheless, I have asked the police to thoroughly investigate into the incident in order to find out who are perpetrators,” Lyngdoh said.
Meanwhile, the police are still in a manhunt to nab the perpetrators. “We are still looking for those people and the hunt is still on,” Dalton P. Marak, the police chief of West Garo Hills district, said.
“It could be the handiwork of the GNLA militants to create fear psychosis and divert security agencies’ attention in the wake of the combing operation against them,” an intelligence official said.
Security forces launched a massive combing operation in Garo Hills to rescue a transport official and his driver who were kidnapped by GNLA rebels Sep 30, even as their whereabouts are still unknown.
Five armed GNLA rebels kidnapped R. Syngkon, district transport officer of East Garo Hills district, and his driver from his official residence in Williamnagar in west Meghalaya after he failed to meet their extortion demand of Rs.60 lakh.
The GNLA, headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma, who is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in western Meghalaya, is believed to have links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
With the outlawed A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) on a ceasefire agreement with the central government, the NSCN (IM) and the ULFA spawned several militant groups with the main intention of exploiting the lucrative extortion in the coal-rich areas of the Garo Hills region.

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