Two days after the ULFA issued a threat to Hindi-speaking people to leave the state, a powerful blast at a market area in Tinsukia town left two persons dead and 25 critically injured. The blast at Siding bazaar on Chambers Road occurred at 6.20 pm on Saturday. The police suspect it to be the handiwork of the ULFA.
The police said the bomb was planted on a motorcycle. Two ULFA militants were arrested at Tinsukia railway station soon after. The police suspect both of them to be behind the explosion.
A couple of hours later, the ULFA carried out yet another of its threats when it gunned down Congress leader and panchayat head Bogadhar Moran in Digboi area of the district. Besides threatening to target the Hindi-speaking, the ULFA had also promised to launch attacks on Congress workers if the army offensive continued.