Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken a significant step by directing Director General of Police (DGP) GP Singh to conduct a thorough analysis and investigation of the recent judgment delivered by the Gauhati High Court. The CM’s directive comes in response to a significant legal development that has caught the attention of the state and its legal circles.
In a statement, CM Sarma expressed his stand saying, “I have tasked the DGP to conduct a comprehensive review of the Gauhati High Court judgement. If our legal advisors agree, we will take the matter to the Supreme Court with an appeal.” Ready to go.” It is necessary that we closely examine the reasoning behind the judgment of the Hon’ble Judges. Unfortunately, a copy of the judgment was not available till yesterday.”
This step of Chief Minister Sarma has been taken immediately after the Gauhati High Court’s decision, which was pronounced on 24 August. The court’s decision resulted in the acquittal of all accused persons in connection with the 2004 Dhemaji bomb blast incident – a case that has haunted the state for nearly two decades.
The genesis of this legal saga can be traced back to when the accused parties challenged the initial verdict passed by the trial court. Consequently, this challenge prompted a re-evaluation of the case within the chambers of the Gauhati High Court, which resulted in the acquittal of the accused of all alleged wrongdoing.
The judicial process culminated after an extensive period of legal deliberations, with a final hearing held on 24 July and a formal verdict on 24 August. The incident under investigation is related to a tragic bomb blast that rocked Assam’s Dhemaji district. August 15, 2004. Tragically, the blast claimed the lives of 18 innocent children who had gathered to celebrate India’s Independence Day.
In preliminary judicial proceedings, the trial court sentenced four persons: Deepanjali Burhagohain, Muhi Handique, Jatin Dabori and Leela Gogoi to life imprisonment. Additionally, two more persons, Prashant Bhuyan and Hemen Gogoi, were sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the same incident. The judgments pronounced by the lower court were seen as a means of delivering justice and consoling the families of the victims, who had endured immense suffering due to the 2004 tragedy.
The incident remains a sad memory in the collective consciousness of Assam. On that fateful day – August 15, 2004 – there was a devastating blast allegedly carried out by the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) during the early hours of the Independence Day celebrations at the Dhemaji College playground. The blast, which took place at 8:55 am, resulted in irreparable loss of innocent lives and left wounds that reverberated across the region.
As the Chief Minister of Assam moves to get a comprehensive understanding of the Gauhati High Court judgement, the state is watching with anticipation. The implications of this decision reach beyond legal boundaries, into the realms of justice, closure and memories of lives lost. The CM’s direction to carefully analyze the court’s judgment underlines the commitment to uphold the rule of law and ensure that justice is not only delivered, but also in cases that have struck a chord with the fabric of society. deeply influenced.