Four injured in explosion near Shukleshwar Ghat in Assam’s Guwahati

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Updated: October 13, 2018 6:27:06 PM

Following the explosion, the police cordoned off the site and launched the investigation. However, they are yet to confirm whether it was actually a bomb blast.

The blast took place near Pan bazar. (Pic: ANI)

Four people were reportedly injured in an explosion near Shukleshwar Ghat in Assam’s Guwahati on Saturday afternoon. The blast took place at a construction material dump near Pan Bazar area. Following the explosion, the police cordoned off the site and launched the investigation.

Informing about the blast, Joint Commissioner of Police Diganta Borah told the reporters that the explosion occurred around 11:45 am at the riverfront. “Preliminary investigation rules out any sabotage activity. Bomb disposal squad is present at the spot, further investigation is underway,” Borah reportedly said.

DCP Ranjan Bhuyan also reached the explosion site. He informed the reporters that the police did not suspect it to be a bomb blast as there were no splinters found at the spot. “We don’t suspect it to be a sabotage or terrorist activity from the nature of the blast. It happened in a dump of sand kept for roadside drain construction. It may have had an unexploded shell which went off today,” PTI quoted the DCP as saying.

The injured persons were admitted to the Mahendra Mohan Choudhry hospital and their condition was stable. According to IANS, a Paresh Barua-led faction of the banned ULFA group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

“This explosion was directed against those opposing NRC update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam. This explosion is to warn the anti-Assam forces,” Barua told local TV channels.

(Further details awaited)

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