Shillong, March 10 : On 9th March 2024, at around 10:30 PM, a crude Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated in an uninhabited and abandoned CGI sheet structure at Syndicate Bus Stand, Punjabi Lane, Mawlonghat. The IED was placed inside a metal container. The blast, suspected to have been caused by Gelatin sticks, was confined to the CGI sheet structure while causing damages to the glass windows of the adjacent buildings. One passerby who was later identified as Shri Lakhan Singh sustained minor injuries in his leg due to splinters generated by the blast.

The Modus Operandi (MO) employed in this blast bears close resemblance to the blasts that occurred in the past in the region for which the banned unlawful association HNLC had claimed responsibility. However, till the time of issuing this press release no organisation or outfit has claimed responsibility for the blast.

In this connection, a suo-motu FIR is being registered at Sadar PS for further investigation into the matter under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act. East Khasi Hills Police is fully committed to investigating this matter meticulously to apprehend those responsible and bring those involved to justice. In this regard, we seek cooperation from the general public in ensuring the success of these efforts.

Further, the East Khasi Hills Police has announced a reward of ₹1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh) to anyone giving credible information that leads to the arrest of any person involved in this dastardly and gruesome act. The identity of the informant will be kept fully confidential. The information can be conveyed to the Special Cell through Call/Text/WhatsApp on phone number 9366790273 or through email on