Two persons were killed and 10 injured when suspected activists of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) triggered a blast at Shuttle Gate bazaar in the Maligaon area of western Guwahati on Friday evening.
The bazaar is about 100 metres from the headquarters of the Northeast Frontier Railway.
The police suspect Ulfa to be behind the blast. The explosion took place a day after the police and Army in a joint operation gunned down Pranjal Deka alias Biju Sarania at Halikuchi village in the Kamrup district in central Assam. Deka was the prime suspect in the January 1 blasts in three places in Guwahati in which five persons were killed and 50 injured.
G.P. Singh, Deputy Inspector General of the Central Western Range of the Assam Police, said Friday’s blast was the handiwork of Ulfa militants belonging to the outfit’s 709 Battalion.
“The bomb was planted on a bicycle placed between two cars just outside the bazaar. It was an improvised explosive device (IED). The impact of the blast would have been more had it exploded without the cars being on both sides of the bicycle on which the IED was planted. The cars prevented the shrapnel from spreading and claiming more casualties,” Singh said.
The police said that a seven-member group of Ulfa sneaked into the city in last week of December. The group had triggered three blasts in three places in Guwahati on January 1.
People of Maligaon and its adjoining areas were angry at the police for their absence in the Shuttle Gate bazaar area on Friday evening.