Four hurt as ULFA-I sets off bomb in busy Guwa­hati area


FOUR peo­ple, in­clud­ing a woman, were in­jured when the Paresh Baruah-led fac­tion of in­sur­gent group, United Lib­er­a­tion Front of As­sam — bet­ter known as ULFA-In­de­pen­dent — trig­gered a blast in Guwa­hati on Satur­day.

The at­tack, a low-in­ten­sity blast in the busy Pan Bazar area, came just a week ahead of the first One Day In­ter­na­tional match be­tween In­dia and West Indies in the city and Durga Puja start­ing on Tues­day. It is the fall­out of the Cen­tre’s move to pass the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill, 2016. It seeks to grant cit­i­zen­ship to non-Mus­lim im­mi­grants from Bangladesh, Pak­istan and Afghanistan who came be­fore De­cem­ber 31, 2014.

“We take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the blast. We trig­gered it as a mark of protest against the Govern­ment of In­dia’s at­tempt to set­tle Ben­gali im­mi­grants in As­sam.

The at­tack is also against the con­spir­acy against the Na­tional Regis­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC). We will con­tinue such protests in the com­ing days...” Baruah told a lo­cal news chan­nel.

The po­lice said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the ex­plo­sion was trig­gered through a timer or re­mote. “We are also try­ing to find out the na­ture of the ex­plo­sives used...” DGP Ku­lad­har Saikia, said.

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