Bodo chief questions existence of ISF-IM

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Guwahati, Nov 01 (UNI) Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohillary today alleged that the SMS, which claimed responsibility for Thursday's serial blasts, was a diversionary tactic to incite ill feelings between the Bodos and Muslims.

Addressing a press conference here this morning, Mr Mohillary, who is the chief of the main alliance partner of the Congress-led government in Assam, alleged that the entire SMS was false and fabricated to divert the investigation.

Through the SMS the ongoing tension between the Bodo and Muslim settlers was sought to be rekindled, he alleged.

''If such an organisation did exist since 2002 then why it was not kept under scrutiny,'' he asked. He, in fact, questioned the existence of such an organisation.

Last evening a mysterious SMS was sent to a local television channel claiming the responsibility of the attack. The SMS was reportedly sent by the Islamic Security Force (ISF)-Indian Mujahideen.

The SMS created a flutter amongst the intelligence community and security apparatus as they were verifying its authenticity. The text message came from a number which was registered in Moirabari, Nagaon.

Meanwhile, Nagaon SP Nitul Gogoi confirmed that no SMS was sent from the said number to the local TV channel and he suspected that it could have been hacked.

Police, however, as a precautionary measure, arrested one Nazeer Ahmed from whose mobile the SMS was purportedly sent.

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