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NDFB faction triggers two blasts in Assam

A 12-year-old girl was killed and 35 persons injured in twin explosions at Misamari and Rakhshmari in Assam’s Sonitpur district on Thursday. The casualty is likely to go up.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 11, 2009, 04.13 AM IST
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GUWAHATI: A 12-year-old girl was killed and 35 persons injured in twin explosions at Misamari and Rakhshmari in Assam’s Sonitpur district on Thursday. The casualty is likely to go up.

The anti-talk faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) is suspected to be behind the blasts. The first explosion in Misamari, which took place in a crowded market place, is 2 km from an Army cantonment. The explosion took place around 3 pm. The second explosion, at Rakhshmari, was around 6 pm.

The incidents come at a time when the state is under maximum alert following arrest of Ulfa chairman Arbinda Rajkhowa and self-styled deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah.

Five militant outfits of northeast, including anti talk faction of NDFB, expressed solidarity with Ulfa chairman Arbinda Rajkhowa, who is under police remand. There was initial speculation that NDFB anti-talk faction leader Ranjan Daimary too had been nabbed by security forces along with Rajkhowa.

“The areas where the two explosions took place are operational areas of the Diamary faction of NDFB. They have been trying to trigger such explosions after several of their cadres were killed or arrested by security forces. Daimary is still in Bangladesh and he has been encouraging his cadre to trigger explosions here for quite some time now,” said Assam Police DIG SN Singh.

In October, the Diamary faction killed 13 people in Sontipur district of Assam. Last month, twin explosions rocked Nalbari, which killed eight and left over 55 injured. In a related development, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi claimed that the ‘hard-line’ approach of the previous AGP government had prevented militant outfits from holding talks with the government.

The killing of relatives of Ulfa militants had backfired on the AGP government, he alleged. He claimed that there were 167 extra judicial killings in the state during the tenure of the AGP government of 1996-2000.

“Why did then chief minister Prafula Kumar Mahant fail to stop these killings,” he asked, while alleging that Ulfa and AGP were ‘cousins.’
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