- NCP candidate, Jonathone Sangma, 3 others killed in Meghalaya
- Mr Sangma, 3 of his aides were returning after an election campaign
- Officials believe suspected terrorists are behind Mr Sangma's killing
"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."
Assembly elections for the 60-member House in Meghalaya will be held on February 27.