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.