Guwahati: The police have detained seven persons for interrogation in connection with the grenade blast at Dimow in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district on Thursday in which two people were killed.
The detained persons have been identified as Pankaj Bora, Nitul Hazarika, Prabhat Khanikar, Kishore Patel, Jiarul Hussain, Tangview and Inzal. One of them was a labourer at the shop where the grenade was lobbed.
On Thursday, unidentified miscreants lobbed a hand grenade at a hardware shop killing its owner and one customer. Kamal Agarwala, the owner of the shop, and a customer, identified as Anup Gupta, was killed in the blast.
Meanwhile, the police have confirmed the involvement of the United Liberation Front of Assam – Independent (ULFA-I) in the incident. DGP (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said, “Investigations point to ULFA-I’s involvement.”
The banned rebel outfit had demanded money from Agarwala, due to which the police had provided him personal security. However, on his own request, it was later withdrawn, said Bhattacharya.
On November 1, five people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Tinsukia district’s Dhola area. The killings were linked to ULFA (I) but the outfit later denied its involvement in the incident.