Guwahati: At least 15 people sustained injuries with two of them being in serious condition as a grenade went off in the busy Paltan Bazar area of Guwahati near the railway station. This was the fifth blast in Assam within a week. (Agencies)
The blast, which is suspected to be a handiwork of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) took place when the police was checking vehicles near the railway station at GS Road. Those who sustained injured also include two home guard personnel.
"The blast took place at 7:55 pm near the Paltan Bazar police station, which is next to the railway station... We have to investigate who did this, but inputs say it is ULFA," Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri told reporters.
"15 persons were injured. Of them, two are serious. All the injured have been taken to GMC Hospital," Agnihotri said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi condemned the incident and asked the district administration to identify the culprits and take necessary action. This is the fifth such incident in the state in last seven days and it must be mentioned here that the ULFA usually tries to create trouble during the run-up to the Independence Day.
Last week, six persons were injured in a grenade blast at a busy market area in Bokolia town in Karbi Anglong district. Suspected anti-talk ULFA faction also triggered three serial grenade blasts in Lakhimpur district, injuring five persons in the high security Deputy Commissioner Court road, Jail Road and Chawlkhowa areas.
Following the series of blasts, several districts in Assam tightened the security and took precautionary measures. Prohibitory orders were also clamped in a number of districts with immediate effect.
The police have already arrested four persons, including an ULFA cadre and three surrendered members of the outfit, in connection with the Lakhimpur blast. Another militant, who was assigned the task to carry out a blast in Dibrugarh has surrendered.
Tarun Gogoi had earlier said that the strength of ULFA has declined and security forces have foiled many of their attempts. The banned organization had also observed its annual 'Martyr's Day' on Saturday.
Stating that the government has alerted all districts to keep a strict vigil, Gogoi had accused the banned outfit of getting help from ‘more than one country’ to destabilize peace and development in the state.
Guwahati: At least 15 people sustained injuries with two of them being in serious condition as a grenade went off in the busy Paltan Bazar area of Guwahati near the railway station. This was the fifth blast in Assam within a week.