Assam DGP Bhakarjyoti Mahanta has confirmed that the United Liberation Front of Asom Independent (ULFA-I) is the key suspect behind blasts that have occurred earlier in the morning today, while the entire nation was busy celebrating Republic Day.
Speaking to the media, Mahanta reiterates, “Four blasts have taken place at four places including Dibrugarh and Duliajan. No casualty or loss of property has been reported. We suspect ULFA, preliminary investigation is indicating towards that. The investigation is taking its course”
A total of five blasts have rocked Assam amidst the ongoing Republic Day celebrations.
Two blasts occurred in Dibrugarh town of Assam at about 8 am today. The first of the blasts took off at Graham bazar (near NH37) near a garbage dumping area. The 2nd blast occurred near the boundary wall of Sikh National school at Marwari Patty, Dibrugarh. According to reports, the wall of the school has been damaged.
Meanwhile, the United Liberation Front of Asom Independent (or ULFA-I) has urged for a complete boycott of Republic Day celebrations in Assam and exhorted the people of the Northeast Indian state to “stay indoors”. The militant outfit issued its customary call regarding a “general strike” on January 26.
In a statement sent out by ULFA chairman Abhijeet Asom, the militant group has urged the people of the State to fight against “colonial rule” by protesting against the Indian Government and not take part in any Republic Day celebrations. Emergency services should be exempted from the boycott, the ULFA’s statement said.