Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said the ULFA along with the Maoists were responsible for the explosion in Tinsukia district in which three children were killed yesterday.
"ULFA`s anti-talk faction along with other forces like the Maoists active in area are responsible for the explosion and this was an attempt to make their presence felt before the Republic Day", Gogoi told reporters here.
He said that the security forces were maintaining a strict vigil and all aspects were being look into and analysed to find out how the explosion was carried out.
"Security forces are on a high alert before the Republic Day and as a result the number of violent incidents before the Day has gone down considerably", he said.
The anti-talk ULFA faction, however, denied its involvement in the incident and condemned the killing of three children.
"The ULFA is in no way associated with the explosion--it neither carried out the explosion nor did its members hand over the explosives to others to carry out. We deplore the killing of innocent children``, according to a press release issued by the outfit today.
The outfit further claimed that this was "a conspiracy by the security forces to malign the ULFA".
Three children were killed and two others, including a child, were injured in an explosion yesterday at Kharjan under Digboi police station.