Eyewitnesses claimed a grenade was lobbed around 7:45 pm from an SUV that sped past near a shopping mall

One person was killed and at least five others injured, including two security personnel, in a grenade blast near a police checkpoint on Guwahati’s upscale Zoo Road on May 15 evening.

Eyewitnesses claimed the grenade was lobbed around 7:45 pm from an SUV that sped past the checkpoint near a shopping mall. The attack happened hours after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the law and order situation and asked the police to check criminal activities.

"The six people injured were admitted to the hospital. We will spare no effort to find out who is behind the blast," City Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar said.

One of the injured, yet to be identified, succumbed to his injuries at the hospital while the condition of two others was said to be critical. Two of the injured have been identified as Amulya Lalon and Ramesh Lal, both security personnel.

Police had intensified checking of vehicles and suspected people following intelligence inputs about the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom planning to carry out a subversive mission. Local TV channels claimed the outfit’s military chief Paresh Baruah called up to claim responsibility for the grenade attack.

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