Serial blasts rock Patna ahead of Narendra Modi's rally, five dead

Patna, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 27 October 2013, 02:46 PM

In total seven low-intensity serial blasts were reported in Patna on Sunday ahead of the Narendra Modi's 'hoonkar rally' killing five persons and 20 injured in the explosion.

In total seven explosions were reported including two at Patna Junction and five at Gandhi Maidan. It is worth mentioning that first blast was repoerted at Patna railway junction at 9:30 am, second at Elphinston cinema hall at 11:15 am near Gandhi Maidan, third again near Gandhi statue at Gandhi Maidan at 11:45 am fourth at JP Goalmber at 12:00 Noon.

Sources claims that IED was used to trigger these blasts. A special 7-member NIA team has been rushed to Patna.

Two suspect were also detained by the state police, who were caught by the public present at the sites.

First bomb exploded near the door of a newly created toilet on platform number 10 of Patna junction in which one person was injured, Railway and GRP officials said.

The railway station is barely two kilometers from Gandhi Maidan.

The second bomb exploded outside Elphinston cinema hall, which is adjacent to Gandhi Maidan where lakhs of people are waiting to hear Modi at ‘hoonkar rally’.

According to the reports the person who got injured in the blast died in the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) during the treatment. He was rushed to the near-by hospital by the police just after the blast.

Two crude bombs were found at the railway station and the bomb disposal squad defused the second bomb.

“The explosion took place in a paid toilet facility at the station,” Railway Protection Force sources said.

SP Patna City, Jaykant said that bomb disposal and forensic teams have reached the spot and the area was being sanitised.

Security has been beefed up and investigation is on, while no arrest has been made yet.

The Centre has sought a report from the Bihar government on Patna blasts.

The BJP has booked 11 special trains to ferry people for the Modi’s rally. More than 5,000 BJP supporters and workers including many Muslim supporters will reach Patna by a special train and fleet of buses to attend his rally.

After the reports of blast spread in media Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "What a coincidence blast at Patna Railway on the day of Modi's Rally ! Challenge to Nitish Govt to find the culprit.!"

In this the Prime Minister interacted with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and asked him to look into the matter.

First Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:32 AM
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