Shillong: A candidate for next week’s Meghalaya election was among four persons killed in after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off on Sunday night. National Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone N Sangma, his personal security officer and two party workers were killed in the IED explosion that took place at East Garo Hills when their convoy was returning from a campaign, officials said. Suspected terrorists operating in the area are believed to be behind the blast, police say.
“Four bodies were found on the spot, including that of the NCP candidate”, said the District Magistrate Ramkumar S.
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma condoled his death; he, tweeted “Deeply saddened to hear about the unexpected loss of Jonathone Sangma. My heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones. The blood of innocent spilled by the enemies of the state will not disturb peace in Meghalaya.”
“We strongly condemn the incident and we stand by Jonathone’s family at this moment. These incidents shouldn’t take place in a state like Meghalaya,” said Vincent Pala, working president of the Meghalaya Congress Unit, and Member of Parliament, representing Shillong, in Lok Sabha.
Voicing serious concern, the BJP said, “Our thoughts are with the near and dear ones of NCP candidate Shri Jonathone N Sangma and those travelling with him. The news comes as a serious concern on the eve of elections.”During the elections in 2013, Mr Sangma had received death threats and was given extra security based on the threat perception, a police officer said.
Assembly elections for the 60-member House in Meghalaya will be held on February 27.