Assam CM asks militants to shun violence
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 16:16
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday appealed to militants to abjure violence and bring back peace and harmony in the state as it remembered the victims of the serial blasts that left around 100 dead two years ago.

Bringing back peace is a pre-requisite for development, Gogoi said laying the foundation of a monument in memory of the victims of the blasts on this day in 2008 which also left over 500 injured.

The Chief Minister urged the militants to give up arms and join the mainstream.

The function organised by the state government here was attended by Gogoi and his cabinet colleagues, even as the family members of the victims observed the day as a 'Black Day' at the blast sites in Guwahati and Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Bongaigaon districts.

The survivors of the blast and family members of the victims rue that the perpetrators of the violence remain unpunished and are also unhappy that the compensation promised by the Centre is yet to be received.

An angry Dharitri Das, who lost her husband in one of the blasts, compared NDFB (anti-talk faction) chairman Ranjan Daimary, the alleged mastermind behind the incident, with 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab.

A vegetable vendor at the Ganeshguri market who was witness to the terror attack says, "All the perpetrators should be hanged in public."

On October 30, 2008 nine serial blasts had rocked Assam with three each in Guwahati and Kokrajhar, two in Barpeta Road and one in Bongaigaon.

NDFB chairman Daimary was arrested in May last after he was handed over by Bangladesh to the Indian authorities. He is now in judicial custody along with 10 other leaders of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland.

Accused of being involved in the bombings, Daimary has been chargesheeted by the CBI investigating the bombings.


First Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 16:16

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