ULFA blames RSS for blasts, NDFB camp cordoned off

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Guwahati, Nov 11 (UNI) The banned ULFA today blamed the Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) for the October 30 serial blasts in Assam, while security forces had placed the NDFB's designated camps under strict vigil.

Reports suggested that investigators were zeroing on the two rebel groups for conspiring the blasts with the help of Muslim fundamentalist outfits.

In a statement to the media today, ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa denied the outfit's role in the blasts and also rubbished reports about the outfit's links with the ''Jehadi'' organisation like HUJI. Stating that a vilification campaign was being launched to malign the organisation by linking it with ''Jehadi'' groups, Rajkhowa blamed the RSS for allegedly masterminding the October 30 bombings that killed over 80 people and left over 400 injured.

The ULFA also dubbed Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma as an agent of the RSS.

On the other hand, with growing suspicion over NDFB's role as local outfit in orchestrating the 30/10 Assam serial blasts, the group's designated camps had been placed under strict security vigil. Security forces had been deployed in large numbers around the NDFB's designated camp in Baksa district since last night. Bunkers were also being constructed, indicating a prolonged stay by the securitymen, sources said.

It had been reported that terror suspects, who planted the bombs, were taking shelter in the camps, though no confirmation had been received.

Police, however, maintained that the increased security presence was ordered to ensure that the ceasefire ground rules were strictly adhered to. The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) had been in ceasefire with the government since 2005 and its truce agreement would come up for renewal next month.

A Unified Command, spearheading counter-insurgency operations in the state, met yesterday to review violation of ceasefire terms and conditions by militant organisations and resolved for strict enforcement of the ground rules.

Though police refused to comment on possible links between the blasts and NDFB, it had been suspected that the Bodo group had provided logistic support to fundamentalist organisations that had planned the attacks.

The extend of role of the NDFB or ULFA, both suspected to have been involved in executing the blasts, had not been ascertained yet, with investigating agencies refusing to divulge details.

Meanwhile, a three kg time device, laden in a cycle, was recovered by BSF personnel at Mazbat in Udalguri district. The bomb was later defused by the security per sonnel.

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