Blast in­jures four in Guwa­hati days be­fore Durga Puja

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Ut­pal Parashar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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