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2004 Dhemaji blast case verdict deferred till July 4
The verdict in the 2004 Dhemaji blast in Assam, in which 13 people, including 10 children, were killed, was postponed till next month by a local court in Dhemaji following the death of an advocate of some of the defendants.
The sessions court of Dhemaji was scheduled to pronounce the verdict in the blast case, in which investigating agencies have filed the chargesheet against 15 people, including ULFA leaders.
However, an advocate of four of the defendants, Ghanshyam Lahon, who is also the secretary of Dhemaji Bar Association, was killed in a road accident on June 19 night.
This has led to deferment of the verdict by the court, which has fixed July 4 as the next date.
Thirteen people, including 10 children, were killed in an ULFA-triggered bomb blast at a parade ground on August 15, 2004, during the country’s Independence Day celebration.
The incident had led to a massive backlash against the secessionist militant outfit and is often constructed as a major event leading to erosion of public support for the group.
The pro-talks leader of the ULFA, who were arrested or surrendered, had later apologized for the Dhemaji blast.