GUWAHATI/DIBRUGARH, JANUARY 27: Five low-intensity blasts marked Republic Day celebrations in Assam on Sunday despite a daylong strike called by Ulfa (Independent).
The Government used the occasion to reiterate its commitment to protect the state’s “culture, language and political identity” which the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act brigade say is under threat.
Ulfa (I) claimed responsibility for the blasts, all in Upper Assam ~ 3 in Dibrugarh district and 1 each in Tinsukia and Charaideo districts. Nobody was hurt.
Two blasts occurred in Dibrugarh town around 8 a.m. on Sunday ~ 1 at Graham bazaar near a garbage dump along NH 37 and the other near the boundary wall of Sikh National School at Marwari Patty. The third blast occurred at Peopoltol Tiniali in Duliajan around 8.05 a.m., damaging a footpath. Another explosion was triggered near Koliapani Bridge at Doomdooma in Tinsukia district. The 5th blast occurred near a shop at Teok ghat at Sonari in Charaideo district.
Dibrugarh Superintendent of Police Sreejith Tiraviam said, “The blasts were of low intensity. Ulfa (I) triggered the explosions to show their presence. Investigation is on and we will take strict action against those involved.”
Director-General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “We have received the information about the explosions in Dibrugarh. An investigation has begun to find out those involved in the incidents.” (Courtesy: TT)