| The bus damaged in the blast at Baromisha in Bengal on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos |
Dhubri, Aug. 18: Suspected Kamtapur Liberation Organisation rebels triggered a time bomb on an overhead luggage rack inside a bus going to Phuntsholing in Bhutan from Kajalgaon in Chirang district of Assam, at Barobisha in Jalpaiguri district today.
Eight passengers, including Gobinda Kundu, 45, the owner of the hotel in front of which the bus was parked, were injured.
All the wounded were immediately shifted to Kamakhyaguri civil hospital.
Barobisha is close to the Srirampur inter-state checkgate in Kokrajhar district. The blast created a great deal of panic and tension among the officials and truckers at the check gate, a source in Srirampur said.
The bomb had been kept in a plastic bag with the luggage. The blast occurred within seconds of the bus being parked in front of the hotel around 12.30pm, to allow passengers to have lunch.
An official at the Srirampur checkgate said the “moderate intensity” blast caused damage to a part of the bus.
“The bomb exploded after the bus was parked and the passengers were getting off it. The blast injured not only the passengers inside the bus but also those who had just alighted and were standing close to it,” a source said.
The injured were identified as Sirming Lama, 35, Chatur Math, 50, Babu Halta, 65, Sumi Murmu, 35, Munni Marandi, 17 and Jaharlal Mazumdar, 38. All the injured were from Kokrajhar and Chirang districts of Assam, a police source in Barobisha said.
Bengal police suspect KLO to be behind the blast, as Barobisha is known to be the main passage to the Bhutan-Kalikhola militant camps through Kumargram village.
Ulfa and NDFB earlier used this route in the nineties but now it has become a stronghold of the KLO, a source added.