Guwahati: Hours after former general secretary Chesterfield Thangkhiew was gunned down at his residence by Meghalaya Police on Friday, the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has threatened to take revenge against the Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui and two other surrendered cadres of the outfit.
Surrendered Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Chesterfield Thangkhiew died in a retaliatory firing by Meghalaya police in Shillong in the wee hours of Friday.
In a press statement, HNLC general secretary-cum-publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “We will take revenge from Herman, Treng and especially Lahkmen Rymbui, as without his order, the incident of killing (Chesterfield) wouldn’t have taken place. We will see for how many years Rymbui will sustain on his current position.”
HNLC general secretary-cum-publicity Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw also urged the people, NGOs or surrendered cadres to refrain from working with the two (Herman and Treng). “If anything happens to them, the outfit will not be responsible,” Nongtraw said while extending condolences to the bereaved family of Chesterfield.
Nongtraw added, “Chesterfield was not involved with the activities of the HNLC. He (Chesterfield) was however acting as a mediator between the outfit and the SB and IB.”
Nongtraw further alleged that Chesterfield had earlier received a death threat from surrendered cadre Herman Pakyntein.
According to the Police sources, a joint team of East Jaintia Hills police and East Khasi Hills police raided the house of surrendered HNLC leader Chesterfield Thangkhiew around 3 am on Friday at Kynton Massar in Mawlai in connection with the recent IED blast in the Shillong city.
As soon as the team entered the former militant’s house, he reportedly attacked them with a knife following which the police team opened fire in retaliation.
Police claimed that he was injured in the firing and was taken to a hospital, however, he was declared ‘brought dead’ by the doctors.
Meanwhile, the Police team recovered one 9 mm pistol, one knife, a laptop and a number of mobile phones from the house former HNLC general secretary.