One day after suspected ULFA militants killed two persons and injured seven others in a village in Tinsukia district, the police on Friday recovered and defused one IED and three hand grenades from a bag that was left behind by two suspected militants in the outskirts of the Assam capital suspected to have been meant for causing trouble in the city on Independence Day.
The recovery was made in the wee hours of Friday when policemen on a check point set up on a road close to the LGBI Airport here saw two persons on a motorcycle en route to the city suddenly turn back and speed away, in the process skidding and having a fall, leaving behind a bag in which police later found the three grenades and an improvised explosive device (IED).
While the motorcycle-born persons sped away, the bag that fell down was picked up by the police only to discover that it contained the three grenades and an IED, Assam Police CPRO Rajiv Saikia said. “It is suspected that some extremist elements tried to bring the explosives to Guwahati city for indulging in violent/sabotage activities,” the CPRO said. The explosives were later diffused by a bomb disposal squad.
Meanwhile, tension continued to prevail in Tinsukia district in upper Assam where suspected ULFA militants had gunned down two persons and left seven others injured. The victims belonged to several Hindi-speaking families that have been living in Assam for over three generations now.