It is through social media that the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is allegedly recruiting cadres in the state.
Stating that this is a matter of grave concern, sources in the Home department said that the department has reliable information of the banned outfit luring youths through social media platforms.
Police are keeping a close watch on the activities of the outfit in social media, they said.
This came following the recent arrest of an “underage” Area Commander for Shillong Region of the HNLC for his involvement in the Khyndailad IED blast incident that took place on January 31.
Another three cadres of the outfit were also arrested along with explosives on February 2. Sources said most of them are also in the age group of 18-19 years old. Speaking on the matter, East Khasi Hills Superintendent of Police S Nongtnger said that investigation is still on to ensure all those involved in the incident are brought to justice.
Sources however informed that more and more people have been picked up for interrogation.
Meanwhile, Opposition Congress leader Ampareen Lyngdoh, expressing concern over the law-and-order situation in the state, said the involvement of minors in such dangerous activity is a serious concern and the government should chalk out a comprehensive plan to counter this trend.
“It’s a big responsibility which will require intense planning. The reasons for this attraction should prompt the government to aggressively address any trend which is detrimental to youth growth and development,” said Lyngdoh.