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Meghalaya Ministers, MLAs Get Extortion Notices From Insurgent Group

Violence erupted at Mawlai and Jaiaw in Shillong afterwards the afterlife of Cheristerfield Thangkhiew. File

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong today said several ministers and MLAs in the accompaniment accept accustomed extortion notices from an banned organisation, canicule afterwards the afterlife of the outfit's aloft baton in an appointment with police.

An analysis has been accomplished by the accompaniment badge as a cardinal of politicians got argument letters on their adaptable phones from the organisation "demanding Rs 10 lakh and aloft as assets tax", a chief administrator said.

Violence had erupted in Mawlai and Jaiaw areas of Shillong afterward the afterlife of Cheristerfield Thangkhiew, the aloft self-styled accepted secretary of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in an appointment back the badge raided his home in the aboriginal hours of August 13.

Thangkhiew, who had surrendered in 2018, was attempt asleep back he allegedly approved to advance a badge aggregation with a knife during the arrest in affiliation with a alternation of IED blasts in the state.

"We are acquainted of the actuality that ministers and MLAs accept accustomed these (extortion notices) and the bulk is beneath investigation," Mr Tynsong told PTI.

The badge are acid the case, befitting in apperception the assurance and aegis of bodies who accept got the argument letters through SMSes or Whatsapp, he said.

Not alone political leaders but several businessmen accept additionally accustomed the letters on their adaptable phones from overseas, the badge administrator said.

"The appeal was fabricated in the name of assets tax to the tune of Rs 10 lakh and above. Several politicians and businessmen accept been asked to pay the bulk as assets tax to the HNLC," he said.

According to the police, at atomic two persons, including a woman, were afflicted in an improvised atomic accessory bang by insurgents, which went off abaft a active exchange actuality on August 10. In an email to account organisations, the banned HNLC had claimed albatross for the access advanced of the Independence Day celebration.

Last month, the organisation agitated out addition IED advance abreast abode of the assets badge force cadre in East Jaintia Hills. Earlier this year, the HNLC had additionally conducted an advance central a adhesive bulb in the district.

Cheristerfield Thangkhiew's ancestors associates had lodged a complaint adjoin two badge admiral -- East Jaintia Hills commune SP and East Khasi Hills commune SP (Traffic) -- accusing them of actuality complex in the appointment killing.

The Meghalaya government has instituted a administrative analysis to be conducted by Justice (retired) T Vaiphei, the administrator of the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission, into the appointment incident.

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