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Serial blasts rock Assam on Republic Day
Terrorist outfits triggered six blasts in Assam and two in Manipur on the morning of Republic Day.

Reportedly, the improvised explosive devices (IED) were of low intensity and were carried out to protest against the Republic Day celebrations in the two states. Fortunately, no casualty has been reported.

Four of the blasts took place in Charaidow district of Assam, and one each in Dibrugarh and Sadiya districts in upper Assam. In Imphal, the two blasts were carried out in Imphal east and Imphal west districts of Manipur.

"Six low-intensity blasts took place in upper Assam. All incidents happened at places where there were no people. Republic Day celebrations were not affected at all," Hindustan Times quoted Assam police DGP Mukesh Sahay.

"There was one low-intensity blast inside a tea estate at a place called Convoy Road. It occurred around 8:45 am at an isolated spot and no one was injured," Dibrugarh police chief Gautam Borah said.

Several terrorist organisations including United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I) chief Paresh Baruah had given a joint call for a boycott of Republic Day celebrations in the region. They had also urged the public not to attend the celebrations and stay away from public places.

"As India's celebration of Republic Day is a stark reminder of the colonisation of the region by India, we ought to dissociate ourselves from it. We, the fraternal organisations, have decided that the region should collectively boycott the Indian Republic Day," the outfits had said in a joint statement.

Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal expressed his gratitude to people for attending the Republic Day celebrations and also assured them of fighting against the terrorists.

"People of Assam favour peace and we thank them for making the Republic Day celebrations successful. Security forces will continue to fight determinedly against terror tactics," Sonowal said.

The blasts come four days after terrorists had attacked an Assam Rifles convoy and killed two jawans. In counter-attack, security forces had killed two insurgents.

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