Five low-intensity blasts, including two by improvised explosive devices (IED), rocked Upper Assam on the morning of January 26th, 2020 as India marks its 71st Republic Day.
The two IED blasts took place in Dibrugarh and one grenade blast each were reported in Sonari, Duliajan and Doomdooma. All the blast took place within 30 minutes. No one has been injured in the blasts.
In Dibrugarh, an explosion took place at the busy Graham Bazar and another beside a gurudwara on AT Road.
Speaking to reporters, Prasanta Kumar Bhuyan Deputy Inspector General, Upper Assam said it is suspected that grenades were lobbed by United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) operatives.
“Two mild-intensity blasts have been reported in Dibrugarh. No damage or casualty has been reported so far. ULFA-I is suspected to be behind the blasts,” Bhuyan said.
However, the banned ULFA-I, headed by fugitive Paresh Baruah, is yet to own up the blasts.
The Myanmar-based banned militant outfit ULFA-I had called a ‘dawn-to-dusk general strike’ and had asked the citizens to ‘boycott’ Republic Day celebrations in the state. At present, the ULFA-I is the only active militant outfit in the state.
The blasts come days after 644 militants from eight rebel outfits laid down arms in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a ceremony in Guwahati on January 23rd, 2020. They included 50 ULFA-I cadres.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on January 26th, 2020 condemned the serial blasts in Assam on January 26th, 2020, at a time when the country is celebrating its 71st Republic Day. The Chief Minister also mentioned that the government will take the sternest action to bring the culprits to book.