Guwahati: Two days after a grenade blast was reported from Dimow in Assam’s Sivasagar district, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has claimed responsibilty for the incident in which two people were killed.
In a press statement released on Saturday, the banned rebel outfit, however, expressed regret over the killing of a customer, Anup Gupta, saying that he was not its ‘target’.
On Thursday, unidentified miscreants lobbed a hand grenade at a hardware shop in Dimow killing its owner, Kamal Agarwala, and Gupta, a customer.
A day later, the police detained seven persons for interrogation in connection with the blast.
The detained persons were 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.
As per the police, the banned rebel outfit had demanded money from the shop owner Agarwala, due to which the police had provided him personal security. However, on his own request, it was later withdrawn, said the police.
Meanwhile, the ULFA(I) cleared the air over the killing of five people in Tinsukia district’s Dhola area on November 1. In the press statement, the outfit once again denied its involvement in the incident.