Languages
Page last updated at 13:23 GMT, Monday, 6 April 2009 14:23 UK

Eight killed in Assam explosions

By Subir Bhaumik
BBC News, Calcutta

Bomb scene in Guwahati
The blast comes as India prepares for its general election

Eight people have been killed and dozens hurt in explosions in four towns and cities in India's north-eastern state of Assam.

Seven people died when a bomb exploded outside a restaurant in Guwahati and another in a bomb attack on a market in the town of Dhekiajuli.

Grenade attacks in Mankachar and Udalguri caused a number of injuries.

Police told the BBC the separatist United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) was responsible for the explosions.

'Raising Day'

Assam police chief GM Srivastava told the BBC two people were killed at the scene in Guwahati's Maligaon district and five more died of their wounds in hospital.

Many vehicles were destroyed by the explosion close to the local headquarters of Indian railways.

Many bystanders helped the injured although angry mobs also pelted police and public transport with stones after the explosion.

Map

Correspondents said blood and body parts were strewn over the entrance to the restaurant.

In a second attack, a bomb exploded in a market in the town of Dhekiajuli. One person died and eight were hurt, two seriously.

In the third attack, two people were wounded by a grenade in Mankachar in the western district of Dhubri.

Six people were hurt in another blast at a market in Udalguri in central Assam.

Last week more than 10 people were injured when a bomb exploded not far from where India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee was to address a rally.

Mr Srivastava said: "[The Ulfa] set off bombs before their "Raising Day" every year and this year is no different. We have information of some Ulfa strike squads entering Assam in the past 15 days and we are trying to pin them down."

The Ulfa was raised, or founded, on 7 April 1979 to fight for Assam's independence.

Intelligence officials say Ulfa is also flexing its muscles before the forthcoming Indian parliamentary elections.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to visit Assam on Tuesday to campaign for his Congress party.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said: "The Ulfa is killing the innocent people of Assam. They will be punished by our people."

He said Ulfa was trying to disrupt the elections.

The organisation has been relatively quiet in recent months after being suspected of carrying out massive serial explosions in October last year, in which 87 people died.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Assam grenade attack injures 24
20 Mar 09 |  South Asia
Stripped Assam woman in poll bid
10 Mar 09 |  South Asia
Q&A: What hopes for peace in Assam?
03 Nov 08 |  South Asia
Tragic aftermath of Assam's bombs
31 Oct 08 |  South Asia
Three killed in Assam train blast
02 Dec 08 |  South Asia
Outrage over Assam woman assault
27 Nov 07 |  South Asia
Top Assam separatist 'arrested'
18 May 06 |  South Asia

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific