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Assam: Twin blasts toll goes up
November 06, 2006 10:00 IST
Last Updated: November 06, 2006 16:10 IST
The death toll in Sunday's twin blasts in Assam has gone up to 14, even as the state government vowed to intensify operation against the banned United Liberation Front of Asom militants.
Among the dead is a one-year-old boy, Suresh Shah, who died in the intensive care unit of the Guwahati Medical College Hospital in the wee hours of Monday.
Traders in Fancy Bazar area, where one of the powerful explosions killed at least nine persons on Sunday, kept their shutters down on Monday in protest.
Traders in many other parts of the city, too, kept their shops closed in solidarity with their counterparts in Fancy Bazar, the biggest business hub in the city.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi vowed on Monday to intensify operations against the banned ULFA.
Gogoi, who went straight to the blast sites and to meet the victims in hospital on his arrival from New Delhi, regretted the loss of innocent lives and said such acts of terrorism needed be handled firmly.
Eight people were killed and more than 45 injured in a powerful bomb explosion at Chai Galli of the busy commercial centre of Fancy Bazaar in the city at 6.45 pm. Official sources said the bomb was fitted to a bycycle.
Fifteen minutes before that, a grenade exploded at Patharquarry area in Noonmati near Indian Oil Corporation's Guwahati Refinery and Oil India Limited installations, killing four persons and injuring five.
Utter chaos and panic prevailed after the blasts set off by suspected ULFA group, with anxious relatives and local people desperately searching for their near and dear ones.