Blast in Assam

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  1. Payeng

    Payeng Daku Mongol Singh

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    06 April 2009: Another Blast shakes Assam, Blast took place in a place called Maligaon inside Guhati city, reports say 7 feared dead and 56 injured

    Second Blast:
    The second blast took place within two hour in the town Dhekiajuli near Tezpur reports till now claims 4 injuries


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    - ULFA flag raising day.
     
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  3. Pintu

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    According to The Times of India at least 7 People killed and 61 injured in two bomb blast triggered by suspected ULFA militants in Assam.

    The link and the report from The Times of India follows herewith:

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Twin-blasts-in-Assam-7-killed-36-wounded/articleshow/4365349.cms

    Twin blasts in Assam, 7 killed
    6 Apr 2009, 1700 hrs IST, PTI
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    GUWAHATI: At least seven people were killed and 61 others injured in two bomb blasts triggered by suspected ULFA militants in Maligaon area and
    Blast in Guwahati
    The site of a blast in Guwahati's Maligaon area. Police said a bomb has exploded in a crowded market, killing at least six people and wounding 26. (AP Photo)
    Dhekiajuli on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Assam. ( Watch )

    Assam DGP J M Srivastav said seven people were killed and 56 injured when a powerful bomb blast went off in Maligaon at around 2:00pm(local time), sparking a fire that set ablaze two cars and 20 motorcycles and spread to a three-storey building housing the area police station.

    Just hours later, five people were reportedly injured in the Dhekiajuli blast. According to reports, the bomb was planted in a cycle.

    "This is the handiwork of ULFA boys ahead of the outfit's 'Raising Day'," he said, adding the militants used hi-tech explosives.

    While six were killed on the blast site, one succumbed to injuries after jumping from an adjacent building which had caught fire.

    The DGP said PM Manmohan Singh will go ahead with his visit to the state on Tuesday during which he will address poll meetings in Dispur and Dibrugarh. "We have taken all precautions."

    "The PM's programme remains unchanged," PMO sources said in New Delhi.
     
  4. ZOOM

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    As usual, this blast will going to fall on deaf ears of our citizens, since North east despite being the part of India have never being regarded in a widest term as a part of mainstream republic of India.
     
  5. Payeng

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    AFAIK general public at least in Assam doesn't feels like that, and as my experience I have not seen people supporting ULFA at large and their ideology of liberation in general, moreover day by day ULFA is loosing the faith in the eyes of general public as at least their is one confirmed report of ULFA claiming responsibility of bombing in public area, I feel their is a much bigger issue than just a show off of their presence in the eve of Flag Raising Day, Bangladesh is fast becoming the new transit point for jihadi groups.
     
  6. Flint

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    That's not really true - the reason is that Guwahati is not a major metropolis.

    The Malegaon blasts were also not given much attention, but Malegaon is pretty much part of "mainstream" India.

    Your point would be true to some extent about some of the NE states, esp. the ones which border Myanmar. But then they were formally included in the Indian union quite recently, and then they are also quite cut-off from the rest of India so you really can't blame anyone for that.
     
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    As reported by NDTV hosting report from PTI with inputs from NDTV a third blast rocked Assam.


    The Link and The report follws:

    http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20090089890&ch=46200972700PM


    Third blast rocks Assam a day before PM's visit
    Press Trust of India
    Monday, April 06, 2009, (Guwahati)
    Following the twin blasts in Assam, another blast has taken place in the state in Mancachar area on the Indo-Bangladesh border, injuring one person.

    Earlier on Monday, seven persons were killed and around 58 injured in two bomb explosions triggered by suspected ULFA militants at Maligaon in Guwahati and Dhekiajuli in northern Assam.

    Several vehicles and two wheelers caught fire in Guwahati immediately after the explosion with fire-tenders arriving shortly afterwards.

    Complete chaos prevailed in the area with people angered over repeated blasts in the city attacking the police and their vehicles.

    Traffic was thrown out of gear with hundreds of vehicles stranded.

    Nine of the injured were admitted to the nearby Sanjivani Hospital, two at the N F Railway hospital and rest to the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, the sources said.

    The blast site was cordoned off by the security forces suspecting that there could be more bombs. People were also angry that the recently launched `Mrintunjoy 108' emergency service ambulances failed to arrive on time even after being informed.

    Police made a lathi-charge to control the unruly mob, the sources said.

    The bomb was suspected to have been planted near the `Ma Santoshi Cabin' restaurant adjacent to the Shiv Mandir in Maligaon Chariali area when it was crowded with shoppers and children returning home from school.

    DIG G P Singh said the exact toll would be ascertained only after the rescue operations were complete.

    The nature of the blast would be ascertained only after investigations, he added.

    An alert was sounded in the state after the blast particularly in view of visits by a host of Central political leaders for campaigning in the state.

    ULFA regularly resorts to such blasts in the state on the eve of their founding day as a show of strength. (With NDTV inputs)
     
  8. Daredevil

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    This is what happens when you play vote bank politics. Its about time we should weed out illegal bangladeshis who are a national security threat. We should also force BD to dismantle the terror infrastructure used by ULFA.
     
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    Five blasts rock Assam, eight killed, 60 injured (Third Lead)


    Guwahati, April 6 (IANS) Assam was rocked by a series of bomb explosions and grenade attacks Monday killing eight people and wounding 60, a day ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the state.

    A police spokesman said there were three explosions and two grenade attacks in different parts of the state, including one at a police station.

    A powerful explosion rocked Guwahati’s busy Maligaon area, while another explosion shook Dhekiajuli town in northern Sonitpur district, about 150 km from here. The third explosion took place in eastern Karbi Anglong district injuring two people.

    “Seven people have died and 50 injured in the blast in Guwahati. Some of the injured are serious,” Assam Inspector General of Police G.P. Singh said.

    Police blamed the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for the two blasts in Guwahati and Dhekiajuli. The Karbi Anglong blast was blamed on a tribal rebel group.

    The blasts also took place a day before the ULFA marks its 30th foundation day.

    In the evening, militants threw a grenade at a police station in Mancachar in western Dhubri district, about 300 km from Guwahati.

    “Militants lobbed a grenade at the police station injuring three policemen,” Dhubri district police chief Partha Mahanta said.

    One of the injured policemen succumbed to his injuries.

    Another grenade attack took place in a marketplace in Udalguri district of northern Assam, but there were no casualties.

    Those injured in the Guwahati explosion where shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital with multiple injuries.

    “The bomb was planted on a parked motorcycle,” senior police official G.P. Singh said.

    Witnesses said the area was packed with people when the explosion occurred.

    “Among the injured were several school children who were returning home. A woman and a child were among those killed,” Debajit Das, a witness, said.

    There was a massive fire soon after the blast in Guwahati with at least a dozen motorbikes and several cars gutted.

    “Most of the victims were shoppers and vendors, besides some school children,” Singh said.

    Less than two hours after the Guwahati blast, another explosion rocked Dhekiajuli town in northern Sonitpur district.

    “Eight people were injured in the blast that took place in a market. The bomb was strapped to a parked bicycle,” a police official said.

    A third explosion rocked eastern Karbi Anglong district injuring two people.

    “The blasts come a day before the ULFA marks its 30th foundation day and we had intelligence inputs about the group planning some attacks in the city,” Singh said.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to visit Assam Tuesday to address an election rally for the ruling Congress in Dibrugarh, 500 km east of Guwahati.

    “This is a barbaric act and we have asked the police to take firm action,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.
     
  10. venkat

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    These pakistan countrymen will let loose all sorts of terror tactics during Election time! We and our VIPs got to be very very carefull! What these Pig"LET"s got to do with ISRO scientists? Its the pakistan countrymen who are not able to tolerate the success of ISRO! We also have to issue such threats to the "nuclear chor, the AQ KHAN" and that samar mubarak mand!


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    i gave some respect to the pakistan countrymen!
     
  11. Auberon

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    Assam blasts a big blow to security
    Kishalay Bhattacharjee
    Monday, April 06, 2009, (Guwahati)
    It was a big blow to India's security establishment. Just over a week before elections 2009 kick off, blasts rocked Assam on Monday. The blasts, a day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits the state, left seven people dead and scores injured.

    The blasts come at a time when the government had warned of specific terror threats to important installations and politicians in the run up to the elections. Assam has been on the terror radar for long and Monday's blasts also come a day ahead of the ULFA's 30th foundation day.

    The bomb in Guwahati went off during lunch hour outside a three-storey market. It was placed on a bicycle, but the improvised bomb was powerful enough to set ablaze several vehicles and part of the building. Reports of the first deaths came within minutes, but continued to steadily rise over the next few hours.

    At first, there appeared to be chaos. People and relief personnel rushed to the rescue. But soon there was anger amongst people against the authorities and the media. Part of the anger was at the inability of the forces to prevent frequent attacks in the state capital.

    "I understand the people's anger," said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

    In fact, many say, it's expected that banned militant group ULFA usually attempts terror attacks before it's raising day, which is on Tuesday. But the police aren't pinning the blame just yet, though ULFA is the prime suspect behind the attack.

    "We had anticipated and had several operations. But this we didn't anticipate," said Guwahati DGP G P Singh.

    More blasts in the north and south made the state establishment even more jittery. An immediate concern is the Prime Minister's visit for an election rally in Dibrugarh. But the fallout of the attacks may well be felt on polling day as well.

    http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20090089942
     
  12. ahmedsid

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    Sad day indeed! The govt led by Gogoi has accepted that it was a Security failure! What a pity, these Politicians dont care for our People, just their pockets!
     
  13. Rage

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    Times Now's final report (at time of posting) indicates four bomb-blasts and not five as previously reported. God rest the souls of the dead.


    Terror blasts ahead of PM's visit rock Assam, kill 9

    7 Apr 2009, 0051 hrs IST, Prabin Kalita, TNN

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    GUWAHATI: Ten days before it goes to the polls and 24 hours before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to land in his home state, Assam was rocked by four deadly explosions on Monday that left at least nine people dead and more than 60 people injured.

    Undeterred by the terror attacks, the prime minister will go ahead with his visit and address a rally at Dispur on Tuesday, officials in New Delhi said. Union home minister P Chidambaram called chief minister Tarun Gogoi minutes after the blasts. Official sources said the Union cabinet secretary, defence secretary and home secretary would arrive here on Tuesday to take stock of the situation.

    The finger of suspicion pointed to the northeast's most active terrorist outfit, the United Liberation Front Of Asom (Ulfa), which is to mark its 30th 'Raising Day' on Tuesday. In the past, Ulfa terrorists have triggered blasts in the state to observe the day and also planted bombs just ahead of VVIP visits, the deadliest being serial blasts in January, just ahead of Chidamabaram's first visit to Guwahati as home minister.

    Monday's deadliest blast was triggered at a busy bus stop at Maligaon on the outskirts of Guwahati around 1.40pm and killed eight people, including a 10-year-old boy. More than 50 people were injured there. The Maligaon police station and the headquarters of the Northeast Frontier Railway are a stone's throw from the site.

    According to a police officer scanning the site minutes after the blast, the explosion at Maligaon was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted either on a bicycle or a motorcycle. People waiting at the bus stop were the first to be hit.

    The blast was so powerful that several cars and motorcycles parked nearby caught fire. The flames soon spread to neighbouring houses. Many people jumped out of their windows in panic to escape the fire and smoke and injured themselves.

    Less than two hours later, another explosion, this time at a busy marketplace in Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district, injured three Railway Protection Force personnel on election duty. Here, too, the bomb was strapped to a parked bicycle, a vehicle of terror that has been used effectively by Ulfa terrorists.

    In the third blast in the evening, terrorists threw a grenade at the Mancachar police station in Dhubri district, killing a constable. Another grenade lobbed in the Garo Basti area in Udalguri district did not explode. A fourth bomb explosion rocked Karbi Anglong district, injuring two people.

    Gogoi condemned the blasts and said his government would crush the terrorist elements operating in the state.

    Deputy inspector general of police (central range) G P Singh said Ulfa was behind the blasts. "We had information about the outfit's plans to carry out terror activities ahead of its foundation day on April 7," he said.

    Sources said intercepted messages of Ulfa militants suggest the outfit will now target security forces and non-Assamese people.

    "The Maligaon blast may have been carried out by one of Ulfa's 109th battalion members who have recently sneaked into the city. We came to know about a 27th battalion Ulfa cadre named Deepak who had supposedly hired a man called Sagar Topno to carry out the blast in Sonitpur district," a source said.

    Forensic experts who visited the blast site at Maligaon said bicycle ball-bearings were packed into the bomb as shrapnel. Experts said chemical tests would be required to confirm the type of explosives used. An NSG bomb squad is also expected to arrive on Tuesday.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...visit-kill-9-in-Assam/articleshow/4365349.cms
     
  14. ZOOM

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    So, People should be a part of major metropolis to qualify for the merit of gaining maximum attention in case they suffer from terror attack?

    The Malegaon blasts were also not given much attention, but Malegaon is pretty much part of "mainstream" India.

    Huh?

    Can you tell me what was the last state from NE which merged with India recently?

    This is exactly the reason why India is suffering from sepretist movements through violence.
     
  15. Auberon

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    Well its not so much a matter of how it should be but of how it is, metropolis do tend to get more attention in such events.


    Its not so much a matter of political but cultural integration, some areas NE are quite like Kashmir when it comes to that.


    True, and a quick look at where the primary funding and support comes for seperatist organisations clears up a lot of cobwebs.
     
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    No, but that's the way it usually is. Attack in New York gets more attention than attack in Kathgodam. These are media and economic centres and hence get more coverage.

    That's my point. Assam is also a part of "mainstream India".


    Read it up Zoom. Not merged - given statehood.


    What's the reason? Distance? Cultural Differences? You can't blame anybody for that, can you?
     
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    A grenades hurled into a train now.
     
  18. Auberon

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    First of all you said merged with India which is hardly the same as getting statehood, not Zoom's fault, you should have worded your statement more coherently.Secondly, statehood is largely irrelevent, H.P. became a state at roughly the same time as Manipur, yet look at the difference of public perception.



    Distance to what?! Culture is distinct in all parts of India, the tribes of Lahaul-Spiti can hardly be viewed in the same vein as the tribes of N.E. or the culture of Punjab is very distinct compared to the culture of Kerala etc.

    The real reason is one, the attitude of people, it has always been that way, like Kashmir, and two, more importantly, funding for the militancy which makes a change in the attitude difficult and fuels up seperatist feelings, read up on where the funding is coming from and it ll become clear to you where the blame lies.
     
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    You're right - the word wasn't merged - but it could have been misinterpreted.

    And I think your comparison of Nagaland/Mizoram with Himachal is not apt at all. These three states have been historically quite cutoff from 'mainstream' India. They don't really share the same histories, identities and mythologies that say Himachal would share with Kerala or Tamil Nadu.

    Do you know that the NE insurgencies were the first ones in India? they began way back in the 60s. My point is that statehood plays a huge part in empowering people and developing their identity, and this was the reason why the NE is divided in to so many tiny states.
    The violence hasn't just been against the Indian state, infact most of it has been between different ethic groups and tribes who cannot seem to get along. This raises interesting question about the social structure in NE India which is quite different from the Indian caste-hierarchy. its a flat structure which results in constant conflict.


    Nonetheless there are a lot of similarities, and sure you can point out the differences and I can the similarities and we can go on like this forever. But the fact is that at some point, the differences become wide enough to be called "distinct" as compared to "mainstream India". That what happens IMO in Nagaland and Mizoram.

    Which states don't have the Mahabharata/Ramayana as a part of their identity? Which states are predominantly Christian? Which states have had their historical trade routes cut-off due to modern borders, resulting in almost zero trade and development?

    Could you clarify where the funding comes from? China? ISI?

    I wouldn't compare Kashmir with the NE Insurgencies. The circumstances are completely different.
     
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    I am not contexting aspect of getting less attention according to prestiage being assigned to particuler region. All I am contexting, why does there is a tendencies among the people to go overboard when it comes to terror attack on Mumbai like City? why can't they show similar level of emotions and rage when it comes to serial bomb explosion in remote part of this countries. Since in both this terror attack, objectives of Terror outfits is one and same thing, that is to destabilze India. This particuler tendencies often play a vital part in success of terrorist in carrying out or transitioning attack from remote part to more developed part of the country. Why does Indian government bring international pressure on a countries like BD in a similar manner the way we are doing against pak to bring culprits behind the bars in case of Mumbai Attack? This particuler tendencies on the part of GOI gives more boost to legtimacy of Terror outfits to carry terror attack.



    That is why I am asking why we tend to overlook Kashmir and NE when it comes to terror attack? Why hasn't been enough being done to show similar level of vigour in investigating and pressuring countries involve in support of terror outfits when they carry out such explosions?



    It is established fact that only funding constraint wont going to do any squeeze on Terror outfits, since countries at large provide them enough to concentrate only on terror attacks rather then worrying for funding.
     
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    More media presence in the metropolis compared to NE or Kashmir gives more exposure to the terrorist attacks and in turn creates more pressure on the politicians and investigating agencies to solve the cases. It is all about how much exposure a terrorist attack gets.
     

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