Two people were killed and 12 injured in an IED ( Improvised Explosive Device) blast in front of the Dudhnoi police station in Assam’s Goalpara district on Monday evening, days before the region goes to the polls.
The bomb was planted on a motorcycle and parked in front of the police station, metres away from a temporary BJP election office.
“It was a powerful blast. We have started investigation,” said Nitul Gogoi, superintendent of police of Goalpara district.
Police suspect the blast was carried out by the banned Ulfa (I). The militant outfit threatened the BJP over fielding a surrendered militant as the party’s candidate in the assembly election. Ulfa (I) opposes the BJP on many other issues.
Goalpara is in lower Assam and will vote on April 11, the second phase of polling for Assam’s 126 seats. The blast occurred at a time when security measures have been tightened due to the polls.
The blast damaged the BJP’s temporary office and some shops. One of the victims was identified as Bapan Saha while another victim was yet to be identified. One police man and two women were injured.
All the injured were admitted at the Dudhnoi civil hospital. Police said eight people were critically injured.