Shillong, January 9: Two people were killed and six others were injured in a grenade blast in William Nagar market in East Garo hills of Meghalaya on Saturday. The blast was reportedly perpetrated by militants associated with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). However, nothing has been confirmed yet as the more details about the blast are awaited. This comes in the wake of continued unrest in the state’s Garo hills, which was a major cause for concern for the state government throughout 2015.

The law and order situation in the state remained tensed all throughout 2015, as the year saw a number of killings and abductions including those of government officials. While the Khasi hills mostly remained peaceful, the unrest was mostly reported from Garo Hills. The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), which is suspected to be behind the blast, has been notorious for being involved in killings, abductions and attacks on Indian security forces, ever since its formation 2009. Also Read: Meghalaya High Court directs Centre to enforce AFSPA in Garo Hills

The police has been trying their best to neutralise several splinter groups which are a part of the militancy movement in the state.  As the police operations intensified, however, the GNLA warned of carrying out serial blasts in the area, especially in Ampati, the constituency of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, if operations were not stopped. Earlier last year, it also ambushed vehicles of security forces in parts of Garo Hills resulting in death and injury to the “men in uniform”.

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