Guwahati, Oct. 23: The Terror Victims Family Forum, Assam, an umbrella organisation of victims of militancy, today said they would oppose any move seeking bail for NDFB leader Ranjan Daimary, the prime accused in the October 30, 2008, serial blasts that killed close to 100 people and injured hundreds.
The forum, which has nearly 6,000 members, condemned the governments move that facilitated the release of Ulfa leaders from jail and said a similar move to release Daimary, if made, would be unacceptable.
Despite our opposition, Ulfa leaders Arabinda Rajkhowa, Raju Barua and others were released in the name of peace talks without taking into account our sufferings. And now we have come to know that efforts are on to release Daimary but we are against his release as he was the prime person responsible for the serial blasts in 2008, secretary of the forum, Ranjit Kumar Phukan, said here at a news conference.
Daimarys counsel, Manas Sarania, told The Telegraph that they were planning to move court on November 2 with a bail petition in connection with four Tada cases and in the case registered in connection with the serial blasts.
Eleven cases are pending against Daimary and bail has been granted in six cases. We are preparing to move the court seeking bail in rest of the cases, Sarania said.
The forum, however, said they had written to Gauhati High Court in January opposing any move to release militant leaders, including Daimary, but despite their pleas several militants were granted bail by the court.
The serial blasts were the most devastating attacks in the state and we are against release of those involved, Phukan said.
Daisymoni Choudhury, whose husband had died in the blasts, said, The October 30 blasts devastated our lives and we do not want Ranjan Daimary to lead a normal life. We are nearing three years of the attacks but unfortunately we have seen that many people are forgetting our pain and the government is also facilitating the release of militant leaders from jail.
The forum will observe October 30 as Anti-terror Day and will commemorate the day in memory of those killed in the serial bomb blasts.
In Guwahati, we will hold a programme under the Ganeshguri flyover where several people died and our members across the state will observe the day in memory of those who died in the attack, Phukan said.
They also condemned the fact that even though they had moved the President and the Union and state governments with a plea to include the terror victims in formal talks with Ulfa leaders, their pleas went unheeded.
The forum also opposed the amnesty demanded by the Ulfa group led by Rajkhowa.