//Three Indians hurt in Bhutan blast

Three Indians hurt in Bhutan blast


JALPAIGURI: Three Indians and a Bhutanese national were seriously injured in a bomb blast believed to have been triggered by insurgents at Phuntsholing in Bhutan on Saturday, officials said.

The blast occurred between 6.30 and 6.45 am in a waste bin at the Bhutan Gate petrol pump near the Royal Bhutan Revenue department office in Phuntsholing, 200 metres from the Indo-Bhutan border near Joygaon in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri di trict.

The Indo-Bhutan border was sealed soon after the blast and the Bhutan government closed all entry gates to the Himalayan kingdom. The injured Indian nationals were being evacuated to the Binaguri army hospital in jalpaiguri district.

A Guwahati report quoting additional DGP of Assam B P Rao said preliminary reports point towards the involvement of Ulfa. “But involvement of outfits other than Ulfa cannot be ruled out at this moment,” he said. Rao said security had been tightened along the Indo-Bhutan border, including Samdrup Jhongkar in Nalbari district, which is the entry point to Bhutan. The Kamatapuri Liberation Organisation (KLO), a separatist group active in the bordering areas of West Bengal and Bhutan, had earlier set up well-entrenched bases in Bhutan along with Ulfa and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).