GUWAHATI, Oct 30 � In an emotionally charged ambience, the victims of October 30 blast were remembered in the Chief Judicial Court campus in Guwahati with a strong pledge to unite against any form of terrorism.
The CJM Court campus witnessed one of the serial blasts that rocked the State on October 30, 2008. Three young advocates Deepamoni Saikia, Anup Bhuyan and Bipul Nath, advocate�s clerk Abul Kalam Ahmed and security guard Mahesh Saud lost their lives in the blasts, whereas more that 20 people were injured. A large number of two-wheelers and four-wheelers, parked in the court campus were also destroyed in the blast.
In memory of all the victims of terrorism, the Lawyers� Association Guwahati (LAG) observe this day as �Black Day� every year. A black flag was hoisted in the campus and a silent procession was taken out in the city as a mark of protest against terrorism. All faith prayer was also organised in the court campus followed by lamp lighting in the evening.
LAG president Biraj Kumar Choudhury told The Assam Tribune that the government must take steps to ensure the security of the public places. �We have taken a pledge to observe this day as a mark of protest against any terrorist activity. We appeal to all the members of the society to come out and protest terrorism and stand for a peaceful society,� he added. He also appealed to the government to act swiftly on any intelligence input regarding subversive activities.
Most of the family members of the blast victims, who took part in the programme today, urged the government to arrange for proper rehabilitation for them.
Though the security was tightened in the CJM court campus after the blast, the lawyers� body alleged not all the promises made by the government were fulfilled. �We demanded proper surveillance with the help of CCTV,� which is yet to happen,� alleged a senior advocate.
Forum for Terrorist Victim Family Assam also organised lamp lighting programmes in different parts of the State appealing people to stand united against terrorism. The All Assam Students Union also organised tribute programmes at various places praying for peace in the society. The students� body also demanded upon the State government to rehabilitate the blast victims by providing adequate compensation to all the victims and jobs to the family members of those, who lost their lives.