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Assam serial blasts: NDFB chief, 9 others get life term

14 people -- including Ranjan Daimary, the founder of the separatist outfit -- were convicted for multiple blasts that left at least 90 people dead and over 300 injured in Oct 2008

Guwahati: A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) chief Ranjan Daimary and nine others to life in the 2008 Assam serial blasts case.

On Monday, 14 people were convicted for serial blasts across four districts of Assam that left at least 90 dead and over 300 injured.

Daimary was the prime accused in the case. He was was handed over to India after he was arrested in Bangladesh in 2010. He was released on bail in 2013, and is currently participating in peace talks with the government.

The others who have been convicted are George Bodo, B Tharai, Raju Sarkar, Anchai Bodo, Indra Brahma, Loko Basumatary, Khargeswar Basumatary, Prabhat Bodo, Jayanta Bodo, Ajay Basumatary, Mathuram Brahma and Rajen Goyary. The prosecution appealed for death sentence for all.

The NDFB is an armed separatist outfit which seeks to obtain a sovereign Boroland for the Bodo people. While the Daimary faction and the NDFB (Progressive) are in peace talks with the Centre, the NDFB(S) faction is still active and underground.