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Blasts at Modi’s Patna rally; 5 dead
83 injured as bombs go off minutes before BJP leader’s address; 4 detained

Patna, October 27
Five persons were killed today in seven low-intensity serial blasts in Patna of which six bombs went off in and around the venue of Narendra Modi's mega rally at Gandhi Maidan shortly before his address before a huge gathering. A total of 83 persons were injured in the explosions that occurred between 9.30 am and 11.45 am.

A couple of hours before the six multiple explosions, a crude bomb went off in a newly constructed toilet at Platform 10 at the Patna railway station, two km from the venue of BJP's 'Hunkar(battle cry) rally'.

Four persons have been detained in Patna, the police said, adding that one of them caught fleeing from the blast site at the railway station appears to be the prime suspect. Some documents and a list of telephone numbers were recovered from the prime suspect whose identity was not revealed.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts. He spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and asked for a speedy probe.
The serial blasts cannot be a coincidence. They occurred on the day of the rally. It seems that a deliberate attempt was made to disrupt the amity of the state and disturb the law and order situation.
Nitish Kumar, Bihar CM

Nitish said the timing of the blasts on the day of his Gujarat counterpart's rally was "very worrying", adding it appeared to be a "deliberate attempt" to vitiate the atmosphere in the state. Nitish said of the 83 injured who had come to Patna Medical College and Hospital, 38 were under treatment and the rest have been discharged.

The bombs which exploded were of low intensity, said DGP Abhyanand. It appears that timers were used to trigger the blasts. The DGP said six live bombs were also recovered and defused by the bomb disposal squad.

Two unexploded bombs each were recovered from near Mahatma Gandhi's statue, the twin towers — both close to the rally venue — and at the rail platform toilet. Five low intensity blasts occurred on the periphery of the Gandhi Maidan, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said in Delhi. Union Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said it was too early to say whether it was a terror attack.

The BJP blamed the Bihar Government for "failing to provide" proper security cover for Modi's rally.

Nitish, on his part, said: "I would like to assure the BJP that there were no shortcomings in the arrangements.” — PTI

Low-intensity blasts

  • Five low intensity blasts occurred on the periphery of the Gandhi Maidan, the rally venue
  • One bomb went off before the Eliphistine cinema hall on the western side of the rally venue
  • Hours before the multiple explosions, a crude bomb went off in a newly constructed toilet at the Patna railway station, two km from the rally venue.
  • A live bomb found at Gandhi maidan was defused






In his rally speech, Modi calls Nitish a backstabber 
Vibha Sharma/TNS

Patna, October 27
Despite a string of bomb blasts that shook the Bihar capital on the day of his much-awaited ‘Hunkar’ rally, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi kept his date with Patna on Sunday.

Modi meticulously attacked arch rival -- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar -- for “backstabbing” the people of the state by breaking ties with the BJP, asking the people to take revenge for the “betrayal”. He also gave indications of a new political equation with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, currently languishing in jail after his conviction in the fodder scam.

This was Modi’s first rally after the BJP’s acrimonious split with the JD-U after his elevation inside the party.

Unlike in the past, Modi today refrained from speaking too much on the ‘shehzada’ (Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi). The Congress, he said, was very upset over his references to the ‘shehzada’. “Stop the politics of dynasty and I will stop calling him ‘shehzada’,” he said. Today, he concentrated on Nitish. Modi recounted an instance when he attended a lunch hosted by the PM along with Nitish. "He was not eating anything. I told him not to worry as there was no cameramen around. Please go ahead and eat. There is a limit to hypocrisy."

He said the BJP gave up its right to form a government in Bihar even though it had more legislators than the JD-U.

"For the BJP, the country's interests are more important than the party. We let our friend become the Chief Minister so that jungle raj of the earlier governments could end. I did not come to campaign in Bihar earlier despite requests so that the government doesn't fall and the jungle raj makes a return. The Bihar CM did not cheat the BJP, but the people of the state," he said.

"Someone who can ditch JP (Jai Prakash Narayan) can also ditch the BJP," he added.

For Lalu, he recounted the connection between Yaduvanshis, Lord Krishna and his abode in Dwaraka, Gujarat. "The abode of the King of Yaduvanshis was in Gujarat. We are bound to have love for you," he said.





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