Police have arrested two ULFA-I cadres, suspected to be involved in the bomb blast on Republic Day at Teokghat in Upper Assam’s Charaideo district.

The cadres have been identified as 26-year-old Manas Jyoti Padmavat alias Bastab Jyoti Asom and 30-year-old Chow Lakhi Longno alias Rubul Asom.

Bastab Jyoti Asom joined the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in 2009 while Rubul Asom joined the militant outfit in 2017.

Charaideo superintendent of police Anand Mishra said the ULFA-I cadres were arrested in a joint operation carried out by the police and Army.

“After their apprehension, the army officials interrogated them and later handed over to the police. The arrested cadres were a part of the gang involved in the bomb blast at Charaideo,” Mishra said.

“The ULFA-I cadres were taking shelter around Nagaland after the incident. We will take strict action against the persons involved in the blast. More persons are likely to be arrested,” the Charaideo SP said.

According to police, one 5.56 mm HK33 with 33 live rounds and 2 magazines were recovered from their possession.

Five low-intensity bombs exploded on Sunday during the Republic Day celebrations in Upper Assam.

Two blasts occurred in Dibrugarh town at around 8 am on Sunday – one at Graham Bazar near a garbage dump along NH 37 and the other near the boundary wall of Sikh National School at Marwari Patty.

The third blast occurred at Peopoltol Tiniali in Duliajan at around 8.05 am, damaging a footpath.

Another explosion was triggered near Koliapani bridge at Doomdooma in Tinsukia district.

The fifth blast occurred near a shop at Teokghat at Sonari in Charaideo district.

The ULFA-I took responsibility for the blasts.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com