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2 killed in Assam grenade blast

Police officers stand in front of the hardware shop where a grenade blast happened, at Tingrai Bazaar in Tinsukia district of Assam, on Friday, May 14, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

A grenade blast killed two people and injured two seiously in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district on Friday afternoon.

This was the second such incident in the district in four days. A 12-year-old boy was killed in Jagun on May 11 in a grenade explosion.

On Friday, two motorcycle-borne men lobbed the grenade in front of a hardware shop at Tingrai Bazar in oil town Digboi, locals said. A customer died in the blast, while three were seriously injured.

They were taken to the Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh. One of them died of his injuries later.

“We have some clues. We are hopeful of nabbing the miscreants soon,” Tinsukia Superintendent of Police Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant said.

CM’s directive

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma condemned the incident and instructed Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta to bring the culprits to book.

“This act of violence is a sign of desperation and cowardice. The State government will never tolerate such kind of high-handedness leading to the loss of precious human lives,” he said.

The United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent has denied any involvement in the Digboi blast. “We had no hand in the death of a boy at Jagun either,” the outlawed outfit said in a statement. It accused the State machinery of orchestrating such explosions to put them in poor light “in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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