The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has brought forward a shocking revelation in the case of the devastating 30 October blasts in Assam. The CBI has claimed that the series of blasts on 30 October was carried out by RDX which belonged to the Indian Army. As per reports, the RDX was collected from the Indian Army’s Firing Range at Bagsa district of lower Assam. This RDX was collected from the Army camp by NDFB cadre Gajen, who is currently hiding in Bangladesh.
It is not yet clear how the NDFB cadre was able to collect such a huge quantity of RDX from a tightly secured Army Zone. However, the CBI revelation has once again put serious questions on the dignity of the Indian Army, something which has often been concerned in North East India.
Did Indian Army personnel sell the RDX unlawfully?
This possibility, though no evidence yet, cannot be ruled out. Just a day earlier, twenty-seven Indian Army officers, mostly lieutenant colonels and colonels, had been summoned for disciplinary actions for illegally selling non-service weapons. These Army officers had faced a court of inquiry following a public suit filed in the Rajasthan High Court for selling their private weapons to suspected people.
With the Indian Army, various army generals in the recent past have been removed from service charges ranging from corruption and smuggling to sexual misconduct. Indian Army Headquarters had issued orders for a general court-martial of Lt General (R) Surendra Kumar Sahni for his role in committing irregularities in procuring meat and dry rations for the troops stationed at Siachen and other high altitude areas. An August 2010 report of the Controller and Auditor-General of India had also found the sitting Chief of Army Staff, General V.K. Singh, misusing his financial powers and sanctioning unauthorized construction of a golf club building at Ambala cantonment during his posting there. Major General A.K. Lal was dismissed after having been found guilty of sexually assaulting a junior woman officer. Lieutenant Generals, S.K. Dahiya and S.K. Sahni was charged in separate cases of irregularities. In 2007, the CBI had sorted out Major General Anand Kapoor for possessing disproportionate assets to the value of Rs 50 million!
There is enough history within Indian Army that suggests that some corrupted personnel could have sold the RDX to the militant outfit.
Was any Indian Army personnel involved with the blasts?
Again, no evidence, but the possibility exists strongly. Just five years back, after the infamous Malegaon blasts rocked the county in September 2006 the Special CBI team was claimed to have reported that the RDX used for the Malegaon blasts was stolen from the Indian Army. CBI investigations had revealed that Lt Col Prasad Purohit was involved in the blasts and he was arrested. Something similar can not be denied in the 30 October blasts.
Ranjan Daimary – Evil happens when someone highly educated is misleading
This 30 October blasts carried out by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) had killed 88 innocent civilians and hundreds of others were seriously injured. No matter who else is found to be involved and what new shocking revelations unfold, It has been proved already that the mastermind of the blasts was the NDFB supremo Ranjan Daimary. Daimary himself has agreed to this when interrogated by a police post his arrest. The CBI has found strong shreds of evidence as to how Daimary had planned everything for the blasts, who would be involved, how it would be planted, escape routes, backup plans, etc. It was indeed a master plan successfully executed killing and injuring hundreds of innocents in the name of the revolution!
Ranjan Daimary is in fact one of the most highly educated and known to be an intelligent student. He was a graduate of St Anthony’s College in Shillong (1981) and had done his Masters in Political Science from the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU). During his student days in NEHU, he had formed a student body comprising Bodo students, marking his career of rebellion and alternate political leadership before forming the Bodo Security Force (BSF) on October 3, 1986. The BSF later became NDFB on 25 November 1994.
Ranjan Daimary is a classic example of a misled educated youth of the region, who took up violence and bloodshed as a means to achieve rights for the community. However, his outfit has acted against the Bodo people to the biggest extent. The NDFB, backed by the west and some Missionaries killed and threatened many of their own Bodos who opposed the usage of the Roman script in the Bodo language (currently Bodo language is written in Devnagri script). Bineshwar Brahma, the president of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha opposed writing Bodo in Roman script and for this reason, NDFB killed him. The 30 October blasts were carried out in all areas where Hagrama Mahilary, BTC head and ex- BLT supremo was immensely popular. For the 30 October blasts, Ganeshguri in Guwahati was one of the targets (apart from the other Bodo inhabited places of Assam) because of the growing importance of kingmaker Mahillary in Dispur. As such Ranjan Daimary used all his intellect to carry out a killing operation just to convey a political warning.
A debate that the supporters of NDFB have used of late is as to why the Government has initiated talks and freed the ULFA leaders but not Ranjan Daimary. The comparison of the Dhemaji blasts and the 30 October blasts is also done. However, the truth is that there is a big difference between both blasts. There is no question that the culprits of the Dhemaji blasts should be punished with equal severity as the ones involved in the 30 October blasts. But the children killed in the Dhemaji parade ground on Independence Day were accidental as the blast was targeted at political leaders and security personnel. It is another matter kept in the dark that there was a last-minute change in the plan for shifting the parades from the ground and that ULFA cadre Rashid Bharali was accused to be involved with local Congress (I) MLA Bharat Narah for the blasts. However, with the 30 October blasts, the motive was clear and intentional to kill innocents freely. The bombs were planted in public places such as the Ganeshguri flyover market area which is always heavily crowded.
The nature of the plan and motive for the October blasts makes Ranjan Daimary a real criminal and a true Terrorist, neither a rebel nor someone who can be forgiven. Interestingly Ranjan Daimary’s sister Anjali Daimary, who had earlier condemned the 30 October blasts is now blaming that Bodos are being given injustice and biased attitude by not releasing or not talking with Ranjan Daimary. She does play her political cards well, only that the card playing the Tribal injustice is really old and effective enough to create communal disharmony and further rifts in the Assam.
Just as the issue of the Indian Army’s accused involvement in the 30 October blasts needs to be further investigated for revealing the truth, Ranjan Daimary and his men who killed hundreds of innocents for self motives need to be punished for their crimes.