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Assam court convicts six in 2004 Dhemaji blast case

A court in Assam on July 4 convicted six persons in connection with the Dhemaji bomb blast case which was triggered by the militants of banned outfit group United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on August 15, 2004.

The bomb blast took place at Dhemaji College playground on the occasion of Independence Day in 2004, in which at least 13 persons including 10 school children and three women were killed and more than 40 persons were injured.

After a long wait of 15 years, the Dhemaji District and Sessions Judge Court on Thursday pronounced its judgement of the blast incident case and convicted six out of total 15 accused.

The court has convicted Leela Khan, Muhi Handique, Jatin Duwori alias Rongmon, Dipanjali Gohain and awarded them life-term with fine of Rs 10,000 each.

Apart from the four persons, the court has convicted two other persons – Prasanta Bhuyan and Homen Gogoi – and awarded four years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 5,000 each.

The court acquitted eight persons. The Dhemaji district police had submitted charge sheet accusing 15 persons in the case.

One accused – Rashid Bharali – was reportedly absconding.

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