Assam on August 16th, 2019 remembered and paid homage to the civilians who were mercilessly killed in a bomb blast during Independence Day celebration in Assam’s Dhemaji district in the year 2004.
The officers and staff members of the Janata Bhawan, Dispur pledged to keep faith in the principle of non-violence and fight against all kinds of terrorism while observing ‘Sok Divas’. Additional chief secretary to the Government of Assam Rajiv Kumar Bora administered the oath of the ‘Sok Divas’ to the officials of the Assam Secretariat.
On the other hand, ‘Sok Divas’ was also observed at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, where Director Anupam Choudhury administered the oath to the officers and staff members.
In Hailakandi district administration, the Tricolour was flown half-mast, floral tributes were made by the officers and employees to mourn the death of civilians killed in a bomb blast while attending I-Day celebrations at Dhemaji defying a boycott call by militants 15 years ago. A one-minute silence was observed for the lost souls in extremist violence.
An all faith prayer meeting was held to mark the occasion. Additional Deputy Commissioner, EL Faihraem, District Development Commissioner, Madhumita Choudhury, SDO (Sadar), Prodip Timing, Circle Officer, Hailakandi, Tridip Roy and other officials and employees and senior citizens were present on the occasion.
Thirteen people, mostly school going kids aged between 12 and 14 years, were killed and several others injured at Dhemaji College ground where they had gathered for Independence Day celebrations in 2004.
The Dhemaji court of the District and Sessions Judge on July 4th, 2019 awarded life imprisonment to four convicts and two others have been sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs. 5000 in connection with the 2004 Dhemaji Blast case.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 16, 2019