Fear of more attacks grips Assam; toll rises to 81

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Guwahati, Nov 2 (UNI) With four more people succumbing to their injuries in the state capital, the toll in the Assam serial blasts has risen to 81, even as fear psychosis gripped the people with reports and rumours of fresh attacks.

The blast-scarred towns of Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road and Bongaigaon still carried the terror of Black Thursday's bombings, with life yet to catch up.

The toll has gone up to 81 with four more injured people succumbing in Guwahati yesterday.

Nine synchronised blasts had ripped across Assam - three each at Guwahati and Kokrajhar, two at Barpeta Road and one at Bongagion - on Thursday, killing scores on the spot and injuring over 400 people.

The police's failure in making any significant breakthrough in investigations has added to the rumours and panic, with speculations rife on possible new attacks, especially in upper Assam towns which were spared from Black Thursday's devastation.

The Army's reported statement before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi here yesterday that Bangladeshi intelligence, Pakistan's ISI and ULFA were linked with the blasts, have further augmented the theory of Islamic fundamentalist groups carrying out the terror strikes with the help of the ULFA.

The name of Tauqeer, suspect in the Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai blasts, has also emerged, with intelligence agencies claiming of intercepting messages, including from across the borders, which point to jehadi groups.

However, no firm confirmation has been given by the authorities even as special teams arrived here from Jaipur and Delhi to assist the Assam Police in the investigations.

Three arrests were made so far-two people were arrested as a bike and a Maruti car used for planting the bombs were registered in their names, while the third arrested is the one from whose mobile number an SMS was sent claiming responsibility for the blasts.

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