GUWAHATI : After a long hiatus, the Paresh Baruah-led Ulfa (Independent) on Friday attacked an Army convoy with a directional IED in Assam’s Sivasagar district, injuring a JCO who was travelling with seven others in a truck.
Owning up to the incident, outfit’s publicity in-charge Arunodoy ‘Asom’ claimed that six Army jawans were injured in the blast that was caused by three Claymore mines linked to cellphones.
A security source said, “The IED was planted by Ulfa(I) cadre Ajay ‘Asom’ at the instruction of Ganesh Lahon, another cadre of the faction, who masterminded the attack.”
An Assam Police spokesman said at 7.30 am, the IED blast took place at Kanu Tea Estate in the Kherbari area of Sivasagar district bordering Arunachal and Nagaland. “The splinters hit the first vehicle of the convoy of C Company, 4th Rajput Bn, puncturing a tyre of the truck and causing minor injury to one personnel. The convoy of three trucks was moving from Kanubari (Arunachal) police station area towards Sapekhati in Sivasagar district.”
During a search operation, a bag containing a low-velocity bomb was also found.
Assam Police IGP (admin) and spokesperson Apurba Jiban Barua said the road where Ulfa-I triggered the IED blast connects Sivasagar district to Kachin state in Myanmar and was a traditional route of cadres of the outfit. “But now, the Army has taken control of it,” he added.
Barua said the blast was nothing but an attempt by the Ulfa faction to make its presence felt. “The police and the Army will not allow Ulfa-I to carry out its activities,” he added.