25 October, 2020

Death Speaks Again

The deadly attack comes after ULFA had talked peace

Death Speaks Again
When the nation's attention was focused on the faraway arrest of a sadhvi for the Malegaon blasts came a brutal reminder from the Northeast: a string of 13 blasts across Assam on October 30, shattering the fragile calm of the last six months. Five of the blasts were in Guwahati. The toll at the time of going to print: 61 killed and more than 300 injured, dozens critically. By far this is the deadliest attack that Assam has seen, and, as usual, the suspect is the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), formed in 1979 with the objective of creating a "sovereign, socialist Assam".

Diwali had passed off peacefully, so the security establishment was caught completely off guard. In Guwahati, where 31 people were killed, the targets were well-chosen: the busy Ganeshguri square, less than a kilometre from the chief minister's secretariat; the crowded area near the deputy commissioner's office; and the business hub of Fancy Bazaar.

The other blasts took place in the western towns of Kokrajhar and Barpeta Road. The first is the headquarters of...


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