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Two held for Dhubri bomb blast

Dhubri, May 26: Two persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the May 7 bomb blast in the district.

The police arrested Ainal Molla from Mancachar town in the district and, on the basis of his statement, Amir Molla from Meghalaya last night.

The blast had occurred at the house of Abdul Awal, a medicine trader, at Airmari village under Fakirganj police station. Unknown callers had been demanding Rs 5 lakh from Awal since April 15 and had threatened to kill him if he failed to cough it up. When Awal declined to pay and filed an FIR with Fakirganj police station, the callers allegedly triggered a blast at his house. No one was injured though, the police said.

Police sources said the two were being interrogated. They said three more persons, involved in the extortion racket, were absconding but the police were looking for them.

Awal told this correspondent that he had met senior police officials, including Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulananda Sarma, and had apprised them of the calls and demand for money. “The bomb blast has unnerved my family and we have moved out of our house. I hope the arrests will help the police to detect more culprits active in the sar villages of South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision.”

Sarma said extortions and kidnappings were on the rise and the police were “taking prompt action to prevent it”.