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Aizawl blast

Aizawl, Jan. 31: Police have not been able to find out who was behind the blast that rocked the heart of the city near the state Assembly house yesterday.

Aizawl police, who immediately launched an investigation, are yet to make any headway. “With no agitation or protests by any organisation lately, we don’t have any idea who triggered the blast,” Aizawl SP Laldingliana said. With no militant group active in the central part of the state, the police suspect the involvement of criminals behind the blast at Treasury Square.

The blast occurred at a bylane between the Assembly secretariat and the directorate of information and public relations, damaging makeshift market sheds on both sides of the lane. It also damaged the windowpanes of the two government buildings and the nearby printing and stationery department building.

Though the blast was stated to be the most powerful one since the then insurgent group Mizo National Front and the Indian government signed the historic Mizo Accord in 1986, it did not cause major damage and no one was injured.

The area was cordoned off today as forensic experts scanned the debris for clues. About 100 families sell vegetables and meat in the market.