Faces behind the blasts in Assam

20-yr-old Ulfa cadre Sanjib Talukdar, accused in the Assam blast

ULFA cadre Sanjib Talukdar, aged 20, was arrested by police three days after the serial blasts in Guwahati. According to police officials, Talukdar belongs to the 709 battalion of ULFA and is believed to have supplied the explosives used for triggering the three blasts that killed 5 people and injured more than 50.

Based on Sanjib's statements, a few more arrests have been made. However, the mastermind Pranjal Deka has reportedly escaped from Guwahati. Assam police had earlier released a passport-size picture of Pranjal. Police claim Deka is no longer in Guwahati and had escaped shortly after the blasts took place.

TIMES NOW has got exclusive footage of Pranjal Deka, the alleged masterminded the blasts.

has also learnt that Deka allegedly came to Guwahati along with his accomplices, who were acting at the behest of the ULFA leadership based in Bangladesh and other countries. We have also learnt that the Guwahati serial blasts were masterminded by the 709 battalion of ULFA active in lower Assam, including Guwahati and the Indo-Bhutan border.

Assam police have so far arrested 18 suspects. However, they claim that Deka, who is the mastermind has managed to evade arrest and move out of Guwahati.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had admitted that there was prior intelligence input about the three bomb blasts in Guwahati, but just like a cat-and mouse chase, luck did not favour the Assam Police.

"On the evening of December 31, we had been informed about a possible attack, with a little bit of luck, we could have caught them," Chidambaram had claimed.

The finger of suspicion points towards the ULFA and the terror camps in Bangladesh. Sources indicate that renegade elements in Bangladesh's military intelligence, DGFI, are also being suspected.

After the proof, Chidambaram's first meeting with the Unified Command - the three-tier command structure of the Army, the Assam police and Central paramilitary forces - clearly had its impact.

"Anyone who threats the unity, integrity and is against sovereignty of the country will be dealt with by the security forces," Chidambaram had said.

So other than putting pressure on Bangladesh to dismantle terror camps, the message was clear that there should be zero political interference when it comes to dealing with terror groups to avoid similar attacks in the future.