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Sonowal, 15 others hurt as dais caves in

By The Assam Tribune

DIBRUGARH, July 6 � Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and 15 others received minor injuries when the dais at a BJP Yuva Morcha public meeting collapsed here today, reports PTI.

At the end of the BJYM workers� meeting, over 150 party members rushed to meet Sonowal on the dais designed to hold only 25 people, said senior BJP leader Ujjal Kashyap.

As soon as the people got up on the dais, its wooden planks could not take the weight of the crowd and caved in, along with the minister, two MPs Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Rameswar Teli, and several others, he said.

The minister received minor injuries on his back and a team of doctors that rushed to attend to him, advised Sonowal to take rest as he did not require hospitalisation.

The youth rally was organized on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangha.

The rally was attended among others by BJYM national president and MP, Anurag Singh Thakur, State BJP president Siddharth Bhattacharya, State BJYM president Diplu Ranjan Sharma, besides a host of other party leaders.

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