Multiple blasts rock Assam, Manipur on Republic Day

Militant groups had called for a boycott of Republic Day celebrations in the northeastern region.

Multiple blasts rock Assam, Manipur on Republic Day

As the nation celebrated Republic Day on Thursday, the PARESH Barua faction of the ULFA triggered off as many as six explosions in upper Assam, media reports said. Two blasts also rocked the Manipur’s capital Imphal.

“All the six explosions were of low-intensity and there was no casualty or damage. They made an attempt to create a fear psychosis, but the people came out in large numbers to attend Republic Day functions across the state,” Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said, according to a report in

The Indian Express.

After the serial explosions, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said the people were in favour of peace and not violence. “The people have clearly rejected violence and voted for a peaceful Assam. The campaign against terror and violence will continue without any compromise,” he said.

In Assam, two explosions occurred in Sivasagar and Charaideo districts and one each occurred in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, all of them around
8 am
.

In Manipur, one blast occurred at Hao Ground at Singjamei in Imphal West district, at around 8.30 am whereas the second blast occurred at about the same time at Mantripukhri near 69 CRPF Battalion barrack in Imphal East district.

The official Republic Day programme was held at Kangla, the old palace complex where Governor Najma Heptulla took the salute.

Militant groups had called for a boycott of Republic Day celebrations in the northeastern region.

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