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Blast in Guwahati - 7 dead, more than 50 injured

Seven people killed and more than 50 injured, eight of them in critical condition, when a powerful bomb exploded next to Maligaon city bus stand in Maligoan Chariali area in Guwahati on Monday afternoon. Several students are among the injured, as the Maligaon Primary School is situated next to the bus stand. Police blamed the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for the attack and said it took place in the busy Maligaon area in Assam's main city Guwahati at around 1.45pm.

Several motor cycles were gutted in the fire at the blast site. "The bomb was planted on a parked motorcycle," senior police official GP Singh said. "The blast comes a day before the ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) marks its 30th foundation day and we had intelligence inputs about the group planning some attacks in the city," he added.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to address an election rally for the ruling Congress party in Dibrugarh. The area was packed with people when the explosion occurred.

"Among the injured were several schoolchildren who were returning home," said Debajit Das, who witnessed the explosion. The injured have been shifted to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. A year old infant collapsed at the GMCH premises.

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Nanda Kumar Dewan is our Senior Journalist covering Community Development & International Relations. He is a Mass Communication & Journalism graduate from Sikkim Manipal University (SMU). He started his journalism career with UB Photos News agency in 2006 as News Photo Caption Editor and Photojournalist. He has been associated with Assam Times since it's inception and today is a part of our editorial team.

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Maina's picture

Why is ULFA killing innocent people like us? What they will get by killing their own brothers and sisters? I urge you please stop killing your own people.
Pankaj's picture

What are the police and army force doing? They are perhaps busy protecting the politicians.
Binoy Singh's picture

All assam police and politician are very poorminded duties have done to the guwahati city. They don't feel about our city will like a "jannat" becasue of they don't know how can lead to our city as a leader.
Pankaj's picture

Our Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi only thinks about how can he earn more money and in future how can he come back for another five years. This type of politicians have no leadership quality and ability to protect the people.
Bharathesh Sp's picture

It Started again. We should not let it happen like this again & again. Serial blasts in Delhi, Bangalore etc now today in Assam. Why does the police & Government not take up major precaution & tight security for the people coming from outside the country? Regards, Bharathesh SP Bangalore, karnataka
Gautam Baidya's picture

We the citizens of Assam are afraid when we come out from our house because we are not safe here. So this is the main minus point of the government.
YK Shrestha's picture

How much the rest of India and the media cares for Assam and North East could be gauged from the way the media went about the bomb blasts. Had it been in Delhi and other parts of India, it would have been 24 hour news, sadly it was nothing like that. So much so, even NE TV didn't bother to highlight it. Today's edition of Hindustan Times has put it in some inside page.
Cteii's picture

I agree the system is to be blamed.. But what about our contribution as young, aware people of the society...? How have we contributed in bringing about PEACE??
Ajoy Warisa's picture

ULFA on one hand and an incompetent police force on other, and Bangladesh centric politicians. Assam will be doomed in next 50 years.

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