Four Grenade Blasts Rock North East India

One injured, Two grenades recovered in lower Assam

Guwahati: Four blasts rocked North East India on Thursday during the 67th Independence day celebrations across the country, where one person was injured.

A person was injured in two grenade explosions in Assam’s Kokrajhar town and three grenades were recovered in Kokrajhar and Chirang district, officials said.

According to reports, a powerful grenade exploded at bus stand area of Kokrajhar town around 9:30 am on Thursday, where one person was injured.

The injured person Bipul Brahma was admitted at Kokrajhar civil hospital.

The second explosion occurred a few minutes after the first explosion at GD road area of the lower Assam town, but no casualty was reported.

“Suspected militants of IK Sangbijit led National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) hurled the grenades targeting to security personnel,” Assam Police IGP SN Singh said.

Meanwhile, suspected militants triggered another explosion at Baghorgaon area in Assam’s Chirang district on Thursday morning.

On August 14, three powerful explosions rocked the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) district after six outfit groups including ULFA(Independence), NDFB(S), Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) have called to boycott the 67th I-Day celebrations.

Security forces recovered two grenades from Kokrajhar and Chirang district on Thursday.

Top police and army officials rushed to the explosions site and launched operation against the militants.

In addition, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion had rocked Manipur.

The explosion occurred a few minutes before the celebrations of I-Day at Moirangkhom petrol pump area, some 400 metres from the 1st Manipur rifles parade ground where the main function of the I-Day celebrations would be held from 9 am with Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh as the chief guest.

“The bomb detonated by insurgents at roadside was targetting security personnel,” a top police official said.

There were no reported of any casualty.

On August 14, an IED exploded close to the Manipur CM’s residence, but no casualty was reported.

Hemanta Kumar Nath is a correspondent in Assam, India, who reports on local news in Assam, the north east Indian state.