Blast near BJP office in Assam; two dead, many injured

Hours after a peaceful first phase Assembly election recorded nearly 80 percent turnout on Monday, a blast rocked Goalpara in lower Assam, going to the hustings in the second phase on April 11, killing two persons.  

Dudhnoi: A blast rocked Goalpara in lower Assam near BJP office killing two persons on Monday.

"Suspected ULFA(I) militants carried out the explosion which also injured 21 others, including four policemen, near a temporary election office of BJP at Dudhnoi in Goalpara district," Superintendent of Police Nitul Gogoi told PTI.

On the other hand, talking to ANI, Assam ADGP said, "Explosive was inside a dust bin. Injured taken to government hospital in the area."

The bomb exploded at around 7.30 pm.

The deceased were identified as Bapon Saha and Ajit Dutta.

The condition of 14 injured was stated to be serious, police said.

The explosion which also damaged two shops in the busy market place caused panic and police cordoned off the area.

Assam had a peaceful polling with nearly 80 percent voter turnout in the first phase of polling today for 65 of the 126 Assembly constituencies.

Goalpara is among the 61 constituencies going to the hustings in the second phase on April 11.

(With PTI inputs)