Guwahati, Nov.5 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi recently led the people of his state in paying homage to victims of the October 30, 2008 serial blasts, and once again issued an appeal to militants to shun the path of violence.
Homage and tributes were offered at the blast sites in Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Bongaigaon Districts.
October 30 in the history of modern-day Assam is observed as a "Black Day".
People lit candles and launched a mass signature campaign against the menace of terrorism.
"We want justice for those who were killed in the blast and we want peace in the region," said Dimple Das, a local resident.
The banned anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was involved in the serial blasts that killed around 90 people.
NDFB chairman Ranjan Daimary was named as the prime accused and is currently in the Guwahati central jail.
A theatre group from the state presented an act on how the blast took place and how it affected thousands of people.
On the occasion artists from all over Assam painted canvases on the theme of peace and harmony.
"So many people were killed in the blasts of 30 October 2008. Even though many years have passed but we still remember the incident. So through these paintings we are trying to show how the incident affected its victims," said Kalita Hazarika, a painter.
"Today we all came together here to pay tribute to those who were killed in the blast of 2008. It was a sad day and black day for all of us," said Geetanjali Sharma.
Continuing efforts by the government have led to many militant groups laying down arms and opting for peace talks. However, some factions and splinter groups, along with anti- talks faction of ULFA, are still holding out and creating instability.
In a recent incident, on October 29, miscreants triggered a blast in a crowded market in Assam's Udalguri district.
No outfit has taken the responsibility for the incident, but police suspect it to be the handiwork of anti-talks faction of National Democratic Front of Bodoland.
The attack killed one minor and injured five others who are undergoing treatment.
"I saw many people running around. I also started running and I noticed a boy injured seriously. He is a shopkeeper," said Manoj Kumar, a witness.
People in Assam are looking forward to peace in the state and want militant groups to give up violence and join the mainstream. (ANI)