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Assam Cong HQ bombed; 3 top leaders hurt

Last updated on: March 14, 2011 20:26 IST

Three Congress leaders were injured when suspected militants of the anti-talks faction of the banned United Liberation Front of Assam launched a grenade attack on the headquarters of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in the heart of Guwahati on Monday evening.

APCC Spokesman Mehdi Alam Bora was seriously injured in the blast while two other leaders -- General Secretary Ranjan Bora and Akshay Rajkhowa sustained minor injuries. The injured were rushed to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital immediately. The police said the powerful grenade blast shattered a concrete wall of a room in the state Congress headquarters.

The blast occurred at a time when APCC President Bhubaneswar Kalita was expected to arrive at the state party headquarter.

The anti-talks faction of the ULFA had earlier warned of an attack on Congress leaders in the run up to the Assembly elections alleging the Congress government of engineering a split in the ULFA by luring one factions towards peace talks.

The anti-talks faction is headed by ULFA 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua who is now suspected to be based in Taka in northern Myanmar bordering China. He is said to have 150 armed militants under his command.

K Anurag in Guwahati