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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

Serial blasts rock Assam; 66 dead, 470 injured in 13 blasts; HUJI hand suspected

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Mumbai, 31 October, (Asiantribune.com): In 13 blasts that rocked Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta towns of Assam left 66 dead and 470 injured on Thursday Morning. Officials suspect the blasts to be the handiwork of Bangladesh-based HuJi militants with the active support of ULFA.

The first of the explosions took place at around 11.30 am near the high-security assembly building complex, followed by explosions at Paltan Bazar and Fancy Bazar in Guwahati - in all six blasts within a span of five minutes. Around the same time, bombs went off in crowded market places of in lower Assam of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi said RDX was used in two of the explosions. He has set up a a special task force to unearth the conspiracy behind the blasts. Police clamped curfew in the affected areas following protests by residents. A red alert has been sounded across the state and Army has also been put on alert in view of the security situation, according to Gogoi who held a review meeting with his cabinet colleagues and top officials.

Militant outfit ULFA denied its involvement in the blasts and police officials said the needle of suspicion was towards jehadi elements including Bangladesh-based HuJI.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters minutes after the explosions that the ULFA might have perpetrated the serial blasts in the state. "It is very early to make a conclusion but ULFA has a history of triggering serial blasts", he said.

A late evening report said mobs in Guwahati tried to storm the state secretariat claiming inaction on the part of the police and blaming the Gogoi government for the deterioration in law and order situation. To control the angry protestors, police resorted to blank firing, official sources said.

Condemned

Assam United Democratic Front has condemned the bomb blasts in Assam and lamented the death of innocent people in various parts of Assam. It termed the terrorist acts as an attack on humanity and a nefarious conspiracy to shatter the traditional life of peaceful co-existence by various communities in the state. It said the serial blasts indicate complete failure of law and order machinery of the state government and demands an independent inquiry into the blasts.

-Asian Tribune -

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