Two people were killed and 36 others injured when a powerful bomb, suspected to be the handiwork of United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), exploded in the weekly wholesale market here on Wednesday.
Bullut bazaar, where the blast occurred, falls under the Hajo police station in Kamrup district, where immigrants of Bangladeshi origin trade in commodities.
According to Devajit Hazarika, Superintendent of Police, Kamrup, the blast occurred at 1 p.m. and the bomb was kept inside a gunny bag on a bicycle. "One person died on the spot and the other while on way to the hospital. We suspect it was an improvised explosive device (IED)."
Seriously injured have been shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
Assam police intelligence claimed to have intercepted a secret message of Ulfa chief Paresh Barua last week where he asked cadres to carry out blasts in lower Assam areas.
It may be mentioned here that one of the top commander of Ulfa, Prabal Neog (28th Battalion), on Tuesday warned all immigrant encroachers to vacate the land of Satras (Vaisnavite monasteries) who have illegally occupied the area.
In 1983, the market had witnessed two powerful bomb explosions that killed several people.