Assam CM visits blast sites in Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road

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Kokrajhar, Nov 7 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today visited the blast sites in lower Assam's Kokrajhar town and handed over ex-gratia payment to families of victims of 30/10 serial blasts in the district.

He visited the sites amidst unprecedented security, accompanied by Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary and other Cabinet ministers.

Later, he handed over the cheques of Rs three lakh each to the next to the kin of 18 people killed in the three blasts in this district headquarters town.

Two other deceased hailed from Dhubri district and their families could not reach on time. They would be given the ex-gratia later.

Mr Gogoi, appealing for restrain and cooperation to nab the perpetrators, said, '' The hand of external agencies cannot be ruled out and we are working on all possible leads to nab the culprits.'' He also urged the political parties not to play political games at this hour of disaster, with BTC chief Mr Mohilary affirming that the alliance between the Congress and his Bodoland People's Front (BPF) had not been affected following the serial blasts and scotched the rumours regarding the drift in the aftermath.

Mr Gogoi also visited the Barpeta Road blast site. As many as 20 people were killed in Kokrajhar triple blasts and 13 died in Barpeta Road blasts, while 49 were killed in three blasts in Guwahati.

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