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Blast rocks Assam; Pranab on campaign trail

K Anurag in Guwahti | March 31, 2009 19:00 IST
Last Updated: March 31, 2009 19:13 IST

Just after the senior Congress leader and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee [Images]  stated that terrorists might try to disrupt poll process in the country, suspected militants triggered a blast in Guwahati city, killing one and injuring 13 others.

The blast occurred just a few hundred meters away from the venue where Union External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee was scheduled to address an election rally later today. 

Police said one person was killed and 13 others including an eight year old boy injured when a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off at Jyotikuchi in the city at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Earlier, talking to the media, Mukherjee raised the alarm in a media conference that there might be attempts by terrorists to disrupt polls in the country.

"There are fears, but the government will take utmost care in facing the challenge posed by terrorists during polls. Much more than the government security arrangement, I have faith on Indian electorate who will not allow mischief makers to disrupt polls. People of India in the past disallowed Naxalites [Images], terrorists  in J-K  including those from Pakistan to disrupt election in different parts of the country. Therefore, I am quite confident that election would be conducted safe with cooperation from the people,' Mukherjee said.

Regarding the situation in Assam, he said there was problem, but every state poses problems. He hopes that the state government will take all possible steps top keep terrorists at bay during the polls.

He said the Congress was striving to achieve the magic figure of 272 in the 15th Lok Sabha so that it could form its own government.

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