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The house in Bagharbari, Guwahati that the woman, Jahnabi Saikia, had taken on rent about 10 days ago
The house in Bagharbari, Guwahati that the woman, Jahnabi Saikia, had taken on rent about 10 days ago|EastMojo image
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Guwahati blast: 9mm pistol, 40 kg explosives recovered from woman

The accused, Jahnabi Saikia, took the rented house in Bagharbari 10 days ago; senior pro-talk ULFA leader Pranmoy Rajguru was a frequent visitor, say police

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Mukut Medhi

Guwahati: A special investigation team of the Assam Police recovered a 9 mm pistol, 25 rounds of live ammunition, 40 kg of explosives and gelatin sticks used for making grenades, along with some incriminating documents, from the possession of a woman in the Bagharbari area of Guwahati, Assam on Thursday afternoon.

The accused, Jahnabi Saikia, had taken the house on rent only about 10 days ago. She’s being quizzed for her alleged role in the grenade blast that rocked the city on Wednesday night. Twelve persons, two of them critically, were injured in the incident that took place near Guwahati Central shopping mall on the busy RG Baruah Road.

Police sources informed the EastMojo that a mobile phone was also recovered from Saikia’s possession. Upon examination, it was found that over 100 phone calls were made to a senior pro-talk ULFA leader, Pranmoy Rajguru, on Wednesday from that mobile phone.

On suspicion of her involvement in the blast case, a special investigation team of Assam Police cordoned off the Bagharbari area of the city on Thursday. The woman was still being interrogated till the filing of this report.

Also read: We are keeping our eyes and ears open: Assam DGP on Guwahati blast

Some of the items that were recovered from the house in Bagharbari in Guwahati on Thursday
Some of the items that were recovered from the house in Bagharbari in Guwahati on Thursday
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The special Assam Police team under the supervision of joint commissioner of police Debraj Upadhaya has been conducting a marathon interrogation with the woman since 4 am on Thursday, said reports.

However, the Assam Police is yet to officially confirm her involvement in the blast, the responsibility for which was claimed by the banned militant outfit ULFA(I) on Wednesday night.

Also read: Someone told me my back is bleeding: Guwahati grenade blast victim

We are keeping our eyes and ears open, Assam’s director general of police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia had said moments after visiting the site of grenade blast.

“We have started investigation into the matter, According to the commissioner [Guwahati police commissioner Deepak Kumar], the blast took place during the regular police checking. Investigation as to which group is behind the blast is yet to be ascertained. I’ve spoken with the CM and the people behind it will be punished. I have reached the site to take stock of the situation and also to begin investigation at the earliest,” Saikia told media persons just after visiting the site.

Some of the items recovered from Jahnabi Saikia’s possession on Thursday afternoon
Some of the items recovered from Jahnabi Saikia’s possession on Thursday afternoon
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