Home minister condemns Assam blasts

October 30th, 2008 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilNew Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS)Home Minister Shivraj Patil Thursday condemned the serial blasts in Assam that have killed at least 30 people and injured over 100, even as he went into an urgent meeting with National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan to discuss measures to control the situation.Separately, Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta spoke to Assam Chief Secretary P.C. Sharma, saying the situation was being closely monitored.

The blasts are likely to top the agenda at a pre-scheduled meeting of the cabinet that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to chair at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Manmohan Singh represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha.

At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a string of explosions in Assam Thursday, including four in the heart of the state’s main city of Guwahati, police and eyewitnesses said.

A police spokesman said there were 12 blasts in a span of about an hour beginning 11.20 a.m. - five in Guwahati, three in Barpeta district, three in Kokrajhar district and one in Bongaigaon district, all in western Assam.

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