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Assam students protest against Saturdays Guwahati blast

All Assam Students Union (AASU) activists staged a sit-in protest here on Sunday to express their disapproval of the Saturdays Guwahati blast that claimed seven lives and injured over 20 others.

Guwahati, May 27 : All Assam Students Union (AASU) activists staged a sit-in protest here on Sunday to express their disapproval of the Saturday's Guwahati blast that claimed seven lives and injured over 20 others.

Critical of Assam Government, the activists said the blast was a failure of the State Government.

"Tarun Gogoi-led Government is running the State, but there is no government. There is no security of the innocent people in Assam. So, in protest of the blast killings and also the failure of the Assam Government, we have started this agitation," AASU Advisor Sammujal Bhattacharya said.

"AASU is for violence-free atmosphere. Killing of innocent people should be stopped," Bhattacharya said.

Members of the business communities have joined the students in the protest.

The newly convened Assam Chamber of Commerce, an umbrella organisation of 21 small business groups, has called for a day-long strike in the city on Monday to mark their protest.

Meanwhile, security across the city has been tightened and police vehicles are patrolling the city.

Additional para-military forces were also rushed to Assam.

A powerful bomb explosion was set off by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in Guwahati's Athgaon area yesterday.

After the explosion, markets near the blast site were closed in protest against the killings. People came out on the streets shouting slogans against the rebels and against the police for not providing adequate security.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil has strongly condemned the blast, and has directed the State Government to remain vigilant and ensure that peace is maintained.

The explosion occurred around 10.45 a.m. The bomb was hidden in an autorickshaw parked near the Marwari Maternity Hospital.

The intensity of the blast was so high that vehicles parked nearby were destroyed and the windowpanes of a three-storyed building located nearby were broken.

Meanwhile, at least two suspected ULFA militants were shot dead by the security forces.

ANI

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