2004 Dhemaji blast: Court to pronounce verdict on June 20

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GUWAHATI, June 12: After 14 years, the court will pronounce its judgement on 2004 Dhemaji blast case on June 20. The police have already chargesheeted 14 accused in connection with the case. On the occasion of Independence Day in 2004, 18 school children were killed and 40 were injured in a powerful explosion at Dhemaji College ground at around 9:30 am.

According to police the bomb was planted near the college-gate and triggered off by a remote-controlled device. It exploded when the students and teachers of various schools were passing through the gate.

Following the incident, the then Dhemaji superintendent of police T. Thangou and the additional superintendent of police Abu Sufian were suspended for negligence of duty while the deputy commissioner was transferred for the security lapse.

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi had announced that the state would be observing the August 16 every year as Mourning Day in memory of those killed. Five years after the incident, Commander-in-Chief of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Paresh Baruah sought public apology for the incident.

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