Guwahati: Assam on Saturday remembered the October 30, 2008 serial bomb blast victims by paying homage to them, while Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi appealed to the militants to abjure violence to bring back peace and harmony to the state.
Even as the victims’ families are yet to come to terms with the loss of their dear ones and the blast survivors to get over their shock, various functions were organised at the blast sites in Guwahati and Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Bongaigaon districts to commemorate the day as `Black Day`.
The state government held a programme at Ganeshguri here attended by the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues to pay tributes to those who died in the serial blasts this day two years ago.
Laying the foundation stone of a monument in memory of the victims, Gogoi appealed to the militants to abjure violence and join the mainstream for uplift of society.
He urged the insurgents to give up violence to bring back peace and harmony, a pre-requisite for development in the state.
Meanwhile, various events were organized to commemorate the day with prayer meetings for peace, a half-marathon `Great Guwahati Run` by a local television channel, live music and painting function by eminent local singers and artists sponsored by another TV channel marked the day.
Amidst tributes to the nearly 100 dead and over 500 injured, the survivors and victims` families however, still rue that the perpetrators of the violence remain unpunished.