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Terror mastermind Ranjan Daimary gets lifer for serial blasts that killed 90 ten years ago

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NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI: Terror mastermind Ranjan Daimary, the chief of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), and nine others were convicted in the case of serial blasts that killed nearly 90 persons in Assam.

The serial blasts had occurred in Assam in the year 2008. Nine bomb blasts had occurred in different parts of the state, resulting in the deaths and destruction. Daimary who was earlier known as DR Nabla, has finally been convicted, ten years after the blasts.

A special CBI court sentenced Daimary and nine other terror suspects to life imprisonment in connection with the Assam 2008 blasts. These serial blasts had taken place in Kamrup, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta on October 30, 2008. 

They were charged for murder apart from under the provision of Explosives Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The court held them guilty of killings, and gave them life term apart from a fine. 

Apart from Daimary, those who have been convicted include Ajay Basumatary, Khargeswar, Rajendra Gayary, Onsai Bodo, Lokhra Basumatary, Indra Brahma, Rithuraj, George Bodo and Raju. Earlier, CBI had filed two charge-sheets and had booked nearly 22 persons in the case.

But some of them were absconding and a couple of them were feared dead. Hence, of the remaining others, most of them were convicted, except one. The special investigation team had earlier probed it.  But later, this case was handed over to the CBI in the year 2008.

NDFB, a separatist militant outfit, has been a banned group in India. It has been responsible for the killings of Indians for decades--has been held responsible for well over 1,000 civilian deaths in North East in all these years. [Photo courtesy]