Tinsukia: Banned insurgent group United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I), has claimed responsibility for the serial blasts in Assam, which shook the entire state, almost an hour before Republic Day celebrations were to begin on Sunday.
In a press statement, the ULFA-I claimed responsibility for the serial bomb blasts in three districts of upper Assam on Sunday.
The blasts took place at a time when there is a widespread resentment and anger among the local people against the government due to Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and reports of several youths joining ULFA-I. In 2019, there were no blasts reported during Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations.
Speaking with EastMojo, deputy inspector general of police (NER) Prasanta Bhuyan said that the blasts were of low intensity, and carried out through time-induced improvised explosive device (IED).
“Due to heavy security arrangements in place, the outfit had to leave the bombs at abandoned locations. We have collected samples and sent them to forensic department to find out the type of explosive powder used in the blasts,” Bhuyan added.
“The impact of blasts suggests that all the bombs used in Dibrugarh and Duliajan were made by the same person,” Bhuyan said, adding: “The pattern of blasts reveals the use of over ground network (OGW) by the outfit to gain publicity.”
Responding to a question, Bhuyan said that the CCTV footage found in Duliajan is not distinct and of hardly any use. “We have been able to identify few persons and will soon be able to arrest them,” he said.
On Sunday morning, reports poured in of five blasts in quick succession. Two blasts were reported in Dibrugarh — the home town of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Three other blasts were reported at Duliajan, Sonari in Charaideo district and Doomdooma in Tinsukia district.
Speaking with EastMojo, superintendent of Tinsukia police Shiladitya Chetia said, “Doomdooma blast has not been corroborated at ground during police investigation.”
Additional director general of police (law and order) GP Singh tweeted: “There have been four low intensity IED blasts in Upper Assam. There has been no casualties or damage to property. We would leave no stone unturned to neutralise the perpetrators. That’s our solemn assurance to people.”
In a reply on Twitter, Singh said, “Won’t be a bystander to destruction of peace. Time has come to send some to meet the creator.”
“Strongly condemn the bomb blasts in a few places of Assam. This cowardly attempt to create terror on a sacred day only exhibits the frustration of the terror groups after their total rejection by the people. Our Govt will take the sternest action to bring the culprits to book”, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted