New Delhi, Oct 30 : The Union Home Ministry has sought an immediate report from the Assam Government on serial blasts, in which at least 26 people are feared dead and over 100 injured. Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta spoke to Assam Chief Secretary P.C. Sharma, saying the situation was being closely monitored.
The Ministry is keeping a constant watch on the situation, Madhukar Gupta said.
Bomb disposal experts from the intelligence Bureau and the National Security Guards are leaving for Assam.
Meanwhile, Vice President M. Hamid Ansari expressed deep shock that the blasts have caused numerous fatalities and casualties among innocent people. Such terrorist acts coinciding with the festive season are intended to disturb social harmony and urged all citizens to unite in combating this scourge.
He expressed his sympathy for the families of those killed and injured.
According to reports, Home Minister Shivraj Patil went into an urgent meeting with National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan to discuss measures to control the situation.
Condemning the blasts, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal asked the State Government to look into the matter and submit a report at the earliest.
"As far as the Central Government is concerned, we have provided paramilitary forces to the Assam. We have been reiterating time and again to the State Government that they have to be alert because there are organizations like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) that carry out these terror incidents. We hope that the Assam Government seriously investigates the matter and we shall comment only after the report is submitted," Jaiswal added.
At least four blasts were reported from Guwahati and five in Kokrajhar District.
According to official sources, one of the blasts took place in front of the Kamrup district Deputy Commissioner's office in Guwahati. Two other bombs exploded at Ganeshguri and Fancy Bazaar areas. Another blast took place in Barpeta district and two explosions occurred in Bongaigaon area.
The death toll is expected to go up.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has called for an emergency cabinet meeting in Guwahati in order to take immediate precautionary measures to curb any further blasts.