Serial blasts hit Assam and Manipur on India's Republic Day, no casualties reported

New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jan 26, 2017, 10:31 AM IST

Five serial blasts by the extremist ULFA (Independent) militants shook upper Assam. (Representative image) Photograph:(PTI)

Seven blasts rocked the north- eastern states of Assam and Manipur on the occasion of Republic Day today even as celebrations were held in other parts of the country with the states showcasing their cultural diversity and the might of security forces.

Five serial blasts by anti-talk ULFA (Independent) shook upper Assam as low intensity IEDS were detonated in Charaidow, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, police said.

In Dibrugarh town, the blast took place just 500 metres away from Chowkidingi Parade ground where the national flag was being unfurled at an official function.

Due to high security in the area, the militants threw the bomb into a drain near a tea garden where it went off, police said.

Two powerful bombs were blasted simultaneously by suspected militants in the eastern and western districts of Manipur capital Imphal, police said.

One blast took place at Mantripukhri near 69 CRPF Battalion barrack in Imphal East district.

There was no report of any casualty in the blasts. Only a brick wall was damaged in Manipur, they said.

In Vishakhapatnam, more than 100 youth, including Telugu actor Sampoornesh Babu, were detained by police ahead of their proposed silent protest called to demand special category status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, in the state capitals, Governors took the salute at traditional parades marking the occasion when India became a Republic on January 26, 1950.

Chief Ministers across India unfurled the national flag as their states showcased the country's cultural diversity at parades. Smartly-dressed contingents of security forces held march pasts. Colourfully decorated tableaux also displayed the rich cultural traditions.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, following the blasts in Assam, said the government and the people of the state were united against insurgency and would continue to fight against it.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Indian democracy has to be guarded against "Hitlerite forces".