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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
SECOND RAIL DISASTER IN 1 DAY: Little-known outfit claims responsibility for Assam blast!
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SUSHANTA TALUKDAR / The HIndu / GUWAHATI, July 11, 2011.
A Railway workers is busy in restoration works of the derailed bogies of the Guwahati-Puri Express train at the blast site at Dhatkuchi in Kamrup (Rural) district of Assam, 70 km from Guwahati on Monday. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar - The Hindu.
93 passengers were injured in the derailment caused by the explosion
A little-known militant outfit, the Adivasi People's Army, has claimed responsibility for Sunday's blast that derailed some coaches of the Guwahati-Puri Express near Rangiya in Lower Assam's Kamrup district.
Assam's Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain informed the Assembly on Monday that 93 persons were injured in the derailment caused by the blast which suspected militants triggered with an improvised explosive device.
A caller claiming to be R.U. Soren and identifying himself as an area commander of the outfit told private television news channels that his group carried out the blast. On June 17, the outfit claimed it had planted a powerful improvised explosive device in the Guwahati-bound Kanchenjungha Express. But alert personnel of the Government Railway Police detected it.