Terror shadow looms large over Assam elections?

Written by: Maitreyee Boruah
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Peace has always remained elusive in Assam. Violence unleased by militant groups has terrorised the state's population for long. In the past few years, the state has witnessed a large reduction in the number of terror attacks, bringing the much needed succour to the people.

The election season was peaceful so far, however, the bomb blast near a temporary election office of BJP on Monday (April 4) evening in Assam's Goalpara district, once again brought back the spotlight on the recurrent phenomenon of terror attacks in the state.

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The bomb, suspected to have been kept in a bag near the BJP office, went off at Dudhoi at around 7.30pm, district Superintendent of Police Nitul Gogoi told reporters.

The blast occurred just few hours after the first phase of the Assam Assembly Elections 2016 got over on Monday.
As per reports, the death toll has risen to three on Tuesday. More than 20 people, including four policemen were injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, ULFA (Independent) has denied its involvement in the blast claiming "it was triggered by those political parties who apprehended the large voter turnout would go against their pre-poll calculations".

The polling time was incident-free in the state on Monday with a record of over 80 percent voter turnout in the first phase of polling in 65 of the 126 Assembly segments.

Goalpara district is among the 61 constituencies going to the polls in the second phase on April 11.
Last year, one person was killed and three others were injured after a grenade blast in Udalguri district of Assam.

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