Guwahati blast kingpin Bijay Asom arrested from Tinsukia, to be brought to Guwahati today

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GUWAHATI, May 22: Finally, Bijay Asom alias Bijay Bora alias Papu Rajbongshi who had lobbed a Chinese grenade at a mall in RG Baruah Road in the city, was arrested from Dangori under Doomdooma police station in Tinsukia district on Tuesday.

A team of Tinsukia police led by DSP (HQ) Bitul Chetia during an operation arrested Bijoy Asom at around 5.30 pm. Bijay hails from Tingkhong village in Dibrugarh district and had joined the outfit in 2012.

“We have managed to arrest all the culprits involved in the grenade attack. Apart from city police, Nagaon police, Dibrugarh police, Golaghat police, Charaideo police and Tinsukia police helped in the operations to nab them,” Guwahati commissioner of police Deepak Kumar said. He said arrested Bijoy Asom is being taken to Guwahati from Doomdooma for interrogation.

A hardcore activist of the ULFA-I Bijay was considered close to its supremo Paresh Baruah. He had come down to Guwahati to trigger off the explosion in the capital city targeting the CRPF personnel.

On May 19, Guwahati Police Commissioner Deepak Kumar told reporters that Bijoy Asom had hurled the grenade in front of Guwahati Central leaving 12 people injured on May 15. Bijoy along with Jahnabi Saikia visited the blast site several times before carrying out the grenade attack. Jahnabi was riding the scooty, while her pillion rider Bijoy lobbed the grenade targeting security forces, Kumar said. Kumar also added that following the blast, one Chinmoy Laskar picked Bijoy up at Ganeshguri and dropped him at Khanapara traffic point of the city.

The police have already arrested TV actor Jahnabi Saikia along with her associate pro-talk ULFA leader Pranamoy Rajguru from a rented house in Panjabari area a day after the explosion. On the basis of their confession, the police have also arrested three others -Chinmoy Laskar, Indra Mohan Bora and Amit Ballav Goswami from Nagaon and Golaghat on Friday.

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