Blast injures four in Guwahati days before Durga Puja
GUWAHATI: A low-intensity blast rocked Assam’s capital Guwahati on Saturday morning, injuring four people.
Banned outfit United Liberation Front of Assam-independent (ULFA-I) claimed responsibility for the explosion, which took place ahead of Durga Puja celebrations.
According to police, the blast occurred at around 11:45am near the Sukreswar Temple, close to the Brahmaputra riverbank, in the city’s Panbazar area that also houses the high court building and deputy commissioner’s office. “We are not yet sure about what kind of explosives were used in the blast. Bomb disposal experts are conducting investigations. We are probing all possible leads,” said Guwahati police commissioner Pradip Chandra Saloi.
The explosion took place at a construction material dump, police officials familiar with the matter said, adding that the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.
After the blast, ULFA-I commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah claimed responsibility for the explosion. “This explosion was directed against those opposing NRC update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam. This explosion is to warn the antiAssam forces,” news agency IANS quoted him as saying.