Daimary and 14 others convicted in 2008 Assam blasts

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-Ishani Vats

A CBI court on Monday convicted Ranjan Diamary along with 14 others in the 2008 Assam serial bombing case. Diamary is the founder of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB),  an armed separatist group which demands a sovereign Bodoland for the Bodo people, which has been labelled as a terrorist group by the Government of India.

Others who were convicted include George Boro, B Tharai, Raju Sarkar, Khargeswar Basumatary, Jayanta Bodo, Mridul Goyary, Mathuram Brahma, Ajay Basumatary, Loko Basumatary, Indra Brahma, Anchai Bodo, Rajen Goyari, Nilim Daimary, and Prabhat Boro.

A total of 22 people were accused in the case out of which two are missing and one is assumed to have died. The court came to the judgement after examining the statements of over 650 witnesses.

On the afternoon of 30 October 2008, 18 bombs went off in the market in Guwahati city and the surrounding areas of western Assam. There were around 88 deaths and 470 injuries.

The explosions in Guwahati took place in Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar and Ganeshguri, which were crowded places. Three blasts occurred in Kokrajhar, one in Bongaigaon and two in Barpeta Road.

Special public prosecutor TD Goswami said that even though the state has demanded death penalty, the CBI special court is yet to pronounce the intensity of punishment on 30th January 2019.

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