Day after Chidambaram's visit, bomb blast rocks Assam

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Guwahati, Jul 31: Just a day after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's visit to the state, a bomb blast on Tuesday, Jul 31 rocked Goalpara in Assam.

An army truck was attacked in an IED blast in the lower region of the state and at least eight people were injured. Meanwhile, sources informed that one jawan among those eight injured people died.

There is no information yet about the group who triggered the blast. However, army sources suspected that it was a terror attack.

Earlier on Monday, Chidambaram met victims of ethnic violence in a camp for refugees in Assam's strife-torn Kokrajhar district and assured them of all possible assistance.

The Home Minister, who flew in from Guwahati in a special helicopter, met refugees in the camp at the Titaguri High School here. The visit comes two days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the district and announced Rs 300 crore package.

Chidambaram was accompanied by Union Minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Paban Singh Ghatowar and state Transport Minister Chandan Brahma. He will meet top district officials and is expected to visit camps in neighbouring Dhubri district where also thousands of people have been displaced in clashes between Bodos and minorities.

In another development, the state government has shunted out deputy commissioners of Kokrajhar and Chirang districts. In an administrative reshuffle following the violence in the Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD), Kokrajhar DC D Gilfilon and Chirang DC UN Bora have been moved out.

Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan Mission director Jayanta Narlekar has been named as the new DC of Kokrajhar. Commissioner of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Puru Gupta been named as the new DC of Chirang.

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