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
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.