Assam blasts: Death toll touches 61, over 300 injured

October 30th, 2008 - 11:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

By Peter Alex Todd
Guwahati, Oct 30 (ANI): The death toll in the Assam serial blast that rocked different parts of the state has touched 61 and over 300 have been injured.
Nine blasts rocked Assam this morning in Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Bongaigaon.
The first blast took place at around 11.15 a.m.
Three blasts took place in Guwahati - at Fancy Bazzar, the Chief Judicial Magistrates (CJM) Court and in Dispur. Death toll in Guwahati is 31.
Moreover, there were three blasts in Kokrajhar District, two in Barpeta District and one in Bongaigaon District.
The death toll in Kokrajhar is 19, in Barpeta its 11 and in Bogaigaon no casualties have been reported.
Khagen, a blast victim, said, “I have seen this situation for the first time in my life. Every thing was scary after the blast and I can still see the dead bodies. Also I am unable to hear properly.
“Those people (culprits) should be hanged in a tree and be handed to the public instead of the police.
Our country is going down day by day and we are ourselves responsible for it, said an eye-witness, adding, Two Assamese youths were selling vegetables here which they wont be doing anymore.”
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has strongly condemned the serial blasts in Assam and sanctioned an ex-gratia from the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund to the tune of Rs.1lakh each to the next of kin of the persons deceased in the serial bomb blasts in Assam. And Rs.50, 000 has been sanctioned to those seriously injured in the blasts.
Recently, there have been serial blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, and in Tripura.

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