12 injured in Guwahati blast; ULFA (I) claims responsibility

Spl. Correspondent GUWAHATI, MAY 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/15/2019 11:04:53 AM IST

A grenade blast rocked Assam’s capital city during the evening hours on Wednesday, injuring 12 persons, including two children and two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans. The incident took place around 7.40 p.m. in front of Guwahati Central mall on the city’s busy RGB Road amidst a heavy evening traffic.

According to reports, Paresh Baruah’s ULFA (I) claimed responsibility for the attack. ULFA (I) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua reportedly called up some media houses here and claimed responsibility for the incident.

Confirming that it was a grenade blast, Guwahati police commissioner Deepak Kumar said the blast took place during regular police checking in the area, he added.

Police sources said the miscreants came on a motorcycle and fled the area immediately after lobbing the grenade. Further investigations are on.

The injured have been admitted to Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) and Nemcare Hospital. The condition of two is stated to be critical. 

The injured SSB jawans, who have been admitted to GMCH, have been identified as Ramesh Lal and Amulya Lal. 

Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident. He instructed director general of police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia to nab those responsible behind the incident.

Accompanied by other senior police officials, the DGP visited the blast site and took stock of the situation, even as security has been tightened across the city. 


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