Bombs hurled in CRPF camp, 12 hr Meghalaya bandh on 2 Sep

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MEGHALAYAShillong, Sep 1 (PTI): Tight security measures have been taken in view of the 12-hour bandh in Meghalaya tomorrow called by pressure groups demanding implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to check influx in the state, while bombs were hurled inside the CRPF camp here this evening.

“Three petrol bombs were hurled inside the camp of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by miscreants,” SP (City) Vivek Syiem said.

While no damage was done by the bombs, three persons were apprehended by the CRPF personnel minutes after the bomb attack, he said.

East Khasi Hills SP M Kharkrang said the handiwork of the NGOs who sponsored the bandh cannot be ruled out in the spate attacks in the last 36 hours.

Three incidents of arson took place here yesterday. A petrol bomb was hurled at Polo Bazar damaging a fast food shop, a motorcycle was also set on fire at Langkyrding while miscreants tried to set ablaze a house at Umsohsun.

At least 14 pressure groups have called a bandh tomorrow after last Thursday’s talks with the Meghalaya government over implementation of the ILP to control illegal immigrants from entering the state failed.

“We have tightened security in and around the Khasi Jaintia Hills region and also in the Garo Hills region in view of the bandh called by the NGOs,” a senior home department official told PTI.

He said, police and magistrates were directed to be alert to prevent any untoward incident.

District administrations have been asked to keep vigil especially in vulnerable areas and sensitive government installations and offices, he said.

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