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DIBRUGARH, Nov 24 � The Sunday�s dreadful blast in Rajgarh town�s weekly market area, which left two persons dead and as many as 28 persons injured, remains shrouded in mystery as the State�s Home Department is yet to come out clear on what actually went off at the site.

Explosive experts are still in a confused state, as the blast site has reportedly no clues of any explosives.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) SN Singh, who is here to conduct a study of the blast, said police had found no proof of explosives so far. �We are still not sure of the kind of explosive used since we have failed so far to find any evidence from the site,� Singh said.

On the possibility of insurgent groups making desperate bids to make their presence felt, the senior police officer said the area has Maoist and ULFA sympathizers and their involvement cannot be ruled out.

The State government, on the other hand, is unable to announce immediate compensation for the victims due to the mystery behind the blast.

Atuwa Munda, Parliamentary Secretary, Home said treatment expenses of all the victims will be borne by the State government. He, however, said that the State government was not in a position to announce compensation for the blast victims as they were not sure what really went off.

Former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar and State�s Labour and Employment Minister Prithibi Majhi visited the blast victims at the medical institute later in the evening.

The injured undergoing treatment at the AMCH include Adhesh Sah, Ram Ajudhya Sahani, Anisha Jaiswal, Bikram Baraik, Lakhinder Rai, Anuj Saha, Ganesh Tasa, Khogen Goala, Surendra Thakur, Suklal Saha, Salim Ali, Tufan Murah, Suresh Sah, Rajib Dehingia, Biren Gupta, Jagdish Pal, Ajit Bora, Rumi Kurmi (a minor girl), Gambhir Mahato, Subhash Tamang, Lachit Kurmi, Naresh Mishra, Ajit Baruah, Anup Pal, Nabajit Mirdha (police constable), Anup Dutta (Home Guard) and Sahin Rehman, Amphu Dutta and Biplab Hazarika. The two killed included Akbar Hussain and Boijyanath Pandit.

Meanwhile, a protest rally was organised in Rajgarh town today where the local traders� body and other organisations, including political parties, condemned the incident. The rally was also attended by local MLA Atuwa Munda. A meeting held on the occasion resolved to contribute money for the adhya shraddha of the deceased and for food and other expenses of the injured victims at AMCH.

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Police clueless on Rajgarh blast

DIBRUGARH, Nov 24 � The Sunday�s dreadful blast in Rajgarh town�s weekly market area, which left two persons dead and as many as 28 persons injured, remains shrouded in mystery as the State�s Home Department is yet to come out clear on what actually went off at the site.

Explosive experts are still in a confused state, as the blast site has reportedly no clues of any explosives.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) SN Singh, who is here to conduct a study of the blast, said police had found no proof of explosives so far. �We are still not sure of the kind of explosive used since we have failed so far to find any evidence from the site,� Singh said.

On the possibility of insurgent groups making desperate bids to make their presence felt, the senior police officer said the area has Maoist and ULFA sympathizers and their involvement cannot be ruled out.

The State government, on the other hand, is unable to announce immediate compensation for the victims due to the mystery behind the blast.

Atuwa Munda, Parliamentary Secretary, Home said treatment expenses of all the victims will be borne by the State government. He, however, said that the State government was not in a position to announce compensation for the blast victims as they were not sure what really went off.

Former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar and State�s Labour and Employment Minister Prithibi Majhi visited the blast victims at the medical institute later in the evening.

The injured undergoing treatment at the AMCH include Adhesh Sah, Ram Ajudhya Sahani, Anisha Jaiswal, Bikram Baraik, Lakhinder Rai, Anuj Saha, Ganesh Tasa, Khogen Goala, Surendra Thakur, Suklal Saha, Salim Ali, Tufan Murah, Suresh Sah, Rajib Dehingia, Biren Gupta, Jagdish Pal, Ajit Bora, Rumi Kurmi (a minor girl), Gambhir Mahato, Subhash Tamang, Lachit Kurmi, Naresh Mishra, Ajit Baruah, Anup Pal, Nabajit Mirdha (police constable), Anup Dutta (Home Guard) and Sahin Rehman, Amphu Dutta and Biplab Hazarika. The two killed included Akbar Hussain and Boijyanath Pandit.

Meanwhile, a protest rally was organised in Rajgarh town today where the local traders� body and other organisations, including political parties, condemned the incident. The rally was also attended by local MLA Atuwa Munda. A meeting held on the occasion resolved to contribute money for the adhya shraddha of the deceased and for food and other expenses of the injured victims at AMCH.

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