Guwahati: An effort by ULFA’S anti-talks faction to set off at least two blasts in Guwahati, earlier than PM Manmohan Singh’s visit on April 20, has been foiled and three rebels arrested, Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district police have claimed.
Police in upper Assam district said that they arrested three militants of the anti-talks faction on Tuesday night and recovered two grenades from their custody. One of the three arrested is a woman.
Tinsukia Superintendent of Police (SP) P. P Singh said one of the arrested, Paban Das, was assigned by the top brass of the group’s escape faction to bring the grenades to Guwahati and prompt blasts ahead of PM’s visit.
Singh said that “Based on specific intelligence, we arrested Paban Das on Tuesday night from the bus terminus in Tinsukia town when he was about to board a Guwahati-bound night super bus and recovered the grenades from his possession.”
The prime minister will visit the B Barooah Cancer Institute to open two innovative facilities for the cancer patients. Afterwards, he will visit the Dispur Parade Ground to induct the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Assam legislative assembly.
A senior police official said that the PM upon his coming in Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport at Borjhar near Guwahati, will be flown to the Nehru Stadium by a special helicopter.
The official said that “From the Nehru Stadium, he will go to the B Barooah Cancer Institute and Dispur Parade Ground by road.”