Suspected ULFA militants triggered a powerful IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in front of Jorhat police station on Tuesday evening. Three people were killed and nine seriously injured in the explosion.
Five persons were injured in two other blasts – in Guwahati’s Ganeshguri locality and in Rampur, Kamrup district – on Tuesday evening.
The Jorhat police said suspected Ulfa cadres planted a powerful bomb on a bicycle and placed it near a tea stall and pan shop in front of the police station. The blast occurred at around 6. 45 p.m. Three persons succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital while nine are undergoing treatment.
Among the three killed in Jorhat was the vice president of Jorhat Youth Congress Pranjal Gogoi.
Assam Police IGP (Special Branch) Khagen Sarma said that while Ulfa was behind the blast, it had used non-Ulfa cadres to plant the bomb. “Ulfa was behind the blast at Jorhat. The outfit is planning to trigger blasts in other places before Independence Day,” he said.
Intelligence agencies say Ulfa’s 28 battalion has pushed several of its hardcore cadres to the Upper Assam districts to create disturbance before and on Independence Day.