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Manmohan Singh to campaign in blast-hit Assam today

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 11:56 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to start his campaign trail in Assam on Tuesday, a day after four bomb blasts killed eight people and injured 63 in the state.

According to the sources, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, will address public meetings in Dispur and Dibrugarh.

The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was suspected to be behind the blasts, which came a day ahead of its ‘raising day’.

The recent visits of Home Minister P Chidambaram and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to the state had also been preceded by blasts.

On Monday, the first, and most powerful, blast took place at 1.20 pm at Maligaon Chariali in Guwahati. Placed in a motorcycle parked outside a restaurant, the bomb killed seven people and injured 55.

The second blast happened at Batasipur in Dhekiajuli town of Sonitpur district at 3.25 pm. The bomb was placed in a bicycle left outside a shop. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously.

Around 7 pm, suspected Ulfa militants lobbed a grenade at Mankachar police station in Dhubri district. A police driver, Shabbir Hussain, was killed and a constable injured.

Monday had begun with a harmless blast by tribal militant outfit Karbi Longri North Cachar Liberation Front at Santipur in Karbi Anglong district. The day ended with another ‘token’ IED blast by KLNLF militants at Jamphagaon near Barpathar in Karbi Anglong. No one was injured.