Guwahati, June 11, 2019
In a development in the investigation into the 2004 Dhemaji blast after 14 years, a court will pronounce the verdict on June 20th, 2019. A total of 14 accused convicted in the case, as per the information.
On the occasion of Independence Day in 2004, at least 18 were killed and 40 non-fatal injuries were reported in an explosion that rocked the Dhemaji College ground at around 9:30 am.
According to police the bomb was planted near the college-gate and triggered by a remote-controlled device. It was 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.
The then Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced that the state would be observing the August 16th of every year as Mourning Day in memory of those killed.
Five years after the incident, the self-styled Commander-in-Chief of the militant organization United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Paresh Baruah sought public apology for the incident.