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Blast creates panic

Dhubri, May 7: A bomb blast in the house of Abdul Awal, a medicine trader at Katiar-Alga village under Fakirganj police station in the district last night has unnerved the people living in the sars (sandbars).

However, no one was injured in the blast.

A source in the village said unknown men had demanded Rs 5 lakh from Awal since April 15 and he had lodged an FIR with South Salmara police station along with the mobile numbers from which the calls were made.

“Fed up with the frequent calls demanding money, on April 16, I lodged an FIR with South Salmara police station and also informed the senior police officers in Dhubri, but the calls continued to come till a few days ago,” Awal alleged.

Sources said on Monday, three unidentified armed men who came on a bike to extort money from one Abdul Azis of Patakata village under the South Salmara police station, were lynched by villagers.

Two of them — Abdul Kalam and Saidul Ismal — died while Mohil Mian was grievously injured and is now undergoing treatment at Dhubri civil hospital, the source added.

Dhubri additional SP Debasish Bora said it was a crude bomb made up of a few firecrackers which did not cause any damage.

However, the organisation to which the armed men belonged and their motives has not yet been known. “I have asked officer-in-charge of Fakirganj police station to expedite the investigation and arrest the culprits involved in the blast,” Bora said.

Traders and solvent people living in the sars of the district are concerned over the growing incidents of kidnappings and extortion and suspect organised gangs might create a major law and order problem in the otherwise peaceful sars.