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2008 Assam serial blast case: CBI court convicts NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, 13 others

In October 2008, at least 63 people were killed and over 300 were injured in multiple blasts in Assam.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 30, 2019 6:58:20 pm
2008 Assam serial blast case: CBI court convicts NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, 13 others Ranjan Daimary, center, chief of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), is escorted out from a court after being convicted in the 2008 Assam serial bomb blasts case in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Daimary and nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

A CBI court Monday convicted 14 accused, including National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) chief Ranjan Daimary, in the 2008 Assam serial blast case. The NDFB is an armed separatist outfit that seeks Boroland, an autonomous region for the Bodo people. It is designated as a terrorist organisation by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on January 30.

TD Goswami, special public prosecutor, told The Indian Express, “There were two chargesheets — one for 19 accused and another for three others. Seven accused are absconding — of which, it has learnt unofficially, at least two are no more. We have produced 650 witnesses in the case and 687 documentary evidence. Quantum of punishment will be announced on January 30.”

2008 Assam serial blast case: CBI court convicts NDFB chief Ranjan Daimary, 13 others Policemen escort members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) out from a court after they were convicted in the 2008 Assam serial bomb blasts case in Gauhati, India, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Ranjan Daimary, chief of the NDFB, and nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

NS Yadav, CBI’s investigating officer of the case, told The Indian Express, “We have got conviction for all 15. We have demanded death penalty.”

In October 2008, at least 90 people were killed and over 300 were injured in multiple blasts in Assam. The accused rigged two Maruti 800 cars and motorbikes with explosives and parked them strategically at nine locations.

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The blasts were triggered in a synchronised fashion across Assam before noon. The first explosion occurred hardly 300 metres from then Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s office.

Around the same time, bombs also went off in crowded marketplaces of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts in lower Assam.

This is a developing story. More details are awaited. 

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