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Dr Singh to visit Assam on Saturday

October 31, 2008 19:25 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] will visit Assam on Saturday for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation there following the serial blasts, which claimed more than 70 lives and injured about 450 others.

Dr Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, is likely to hold a meeting with Governor Shiv Charan Mathur, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his cabinet ministers and top civil and police officers in Guwahati to take stock of the situation following yesterday's serial blasts, official sources said.

During his day-long visit, the prime minister will also visit Guwahati Medical College hospital to meet some of the injured persons admitted there.

Strongly condemning the serial blasts, the prime minister had said the government would take all possible steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"We will take all possible steps to maintain peace and bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice," he said in a message.

"I am confident that the people of India will rise unitedly against these attempts to disturb peace and harmony and destroy our social fabric," he said.

In one of the deadliest terror attacks in Assam, near-simultaneous blasts had ripped through Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta on Thursday.

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