2004 Dhemaji blast: Court to pronounce verdict today

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HT Correspondent

DHEMAJI, June 19:After a wait of fifteen long years, the Dhemaji District and Session Judge will pronounce its judgment into the 2004 Dhemaji blast on Thursday.

A total of 15 persons were accused in the case, as per the information. The accused are Jatin Duwori alias Rongmon, Leela Khan, Dipanjali Gohain, Muhi Handique, Prasanta Bhuyan, Mohan Chutia, Chandra Nath Gogoi, Homen Gogoi, Gobin Kalita, Joy Chandra Chutia, Apsara Baruah, Jaya Chutia, Jiten Chutia, Meen Baruah and Rashid Bharali.

The Dhemaji school bombing took place on the occasion of Independence Day in 2004. At least 18 were reportedly killed and 40 sustained grievous injuries leading to disability in an explosion that rocked the Dhemaji College ground at around 9:30 am. Most of the victims were schoolchildren aged between 12 and 14 and their mothers.

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

The court read out the charges framed under sections 120/120B/121A/122/302/326 of the Indian Penal Code. Most of the bereaved families are still trying to come out of the trauma of the dark day.

The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom, ULFA-I was blamed for the explosion. Five years after the incident, the self-styled Commander-in-Chief of ULFA-I Paresh Baruah sought public apology for the incident.

“We have full faith in the judiciary system. We are hopeful that the killers of the innocent will not be spared. They should be given exemplary punishment so that one thinks before involving oneself in such activities,” said a victim’s relative.

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