Tinsukia: Five low-intensity blasts rocked Assam an hour before the national flag was to be unfurled to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India.
Two of the five blasts, all in Upper Assam, were reported in Dibrugarh — the hometown of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Three other blasts were reported at Duliajan, Sonari in Charaideo district and Doomdooma in Tinsukia district. However, no injuries have been reported.
The incident came days after a blast was reported in Charaideo district in Upper Assam, but security forces ruled out ULFA-I angle terming it as a result of dumping of battery wastage.
According to sources in the security establishment, the blast were mere “symbolic” ones and there are no injuries reported. “The first blast was reported around 8.00 am along national highway 37 near Dr. Path’s Lab in Graham Bazar in Dibrugarh town. It was followed by another blast at the back side of the boundary wall of Sikh National school at Marwari Patty in the town,” sources said.
The first blast could not create any impact, but minor damage the the wall was witnessed in the second blast.
According to an official, senior officials of police and army have reached the spot and have begun investigation. “Sample are collected and efforts are being made to detect the type of blasts that took place,” the official added.
In quick succession, report of three more blasts poured in. “A blast was reported near a shop at Teok ghat in Sonari in Charaideo district. Another blast was reported near a footpath at Pipaltol in Duliajan in which the slab of footpath was damaged. The fifth blast was reported near Koliyapani bridge in Doomdooma in Tinsukia district,” another source said, adding, “As per preliminary reports two motorcycle borne youths lobbed grenade in Duliajan.”
Earlier, ULFA-I had called to boycott Republic Day celebrations in Assam.
Meanwhile, the national flag was hoisted by commerce and industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at Chowkidinghee parade ground in Dibrugarh and minister Sanjoy Kishan at ITI field in Tinsukia, amid the panic that was created following series of blasts.