Imphal blast victims buried as AIUDF demands CBI inquiry

    By Abdul Gani,,

    Guwahati: Even as nine bodies of ill-fated workers of Assam, who had died in Imphal bomb blast last Friday, were laid to rest in their native village in Nagarbera in Goalpara district in lower Assam leaving their families in utter grief, the silence of the state government has become another reason of shock.

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    All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), meanwhile, demanded for an CBI inquiry and safety for the people who go out of the state for their work.

    In a letter to the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Sindhe, alleging Manipur government for failing to provide security for common people, AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal said that it might be an act of terror outfit.

    “Such kind of killings of workers from outside the state have also taken place in the past and in spite of that Manipur government has failed to rectify the scene. Moreover, all of them are from Assam. This is time, a serious step should be taken to ensure that no such incident takes place in future,” Ajmal said.

    AIUDF further demanded Rs 10 and 5 lakh respectively for the families who have died and for those who are injured.

    The nine workers – Aasmat Ali (35), Tahajuddin (25), Matibar Rahman (25), Mubarak Ali (17), Mafizuddin (22), Zakir Hussain (25), Afzal Hoque (16) and Burhan Ali’s (22) janaza were performed on Sunday at their village with a presence of their families and locals.

    According to the families, a group of 25 workers had left for Imphal to work in a construction project a few weeks back.

    Several local organizations like Char Sapori Sahitya Parishad (CSSP) have also condemned the bomb blast and sought immediate action from both the state governments of Assam and Manipur in ensuring safety and security of the people of the region.

    CSSP president Hafiz Ahmed also expressed concern at the way which Assam government has handled the issue.

    “I have written to chief minister Tarun Gogoi so that both the Manipur and central government take the issue seriously and compensate the victims adequately besides taking serious measures to provide safety and security of common people,” Ahmed said.