Blasts in Patna ahead of Modi rally
Crude bomb exploded at a platform in Patna railway station today
Patna: A bomb exploded in a toilet at Patna railway station today injuring a person while two more bombs were recovered from the area, hours before Narendra Modi’s address to a rally in the Bihar capital.
The 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, venue of the ‘Hoonkar rally’ to be addressed by BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Modi.
The injured person who was inside the toilet was first taken to the railway hospital and later rushed to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), R K Singh, spokesman of Danapur Railway division said.
Immediatly after the blast, bomb disposal personnel came to the spot and recovered two crude bombs, Railway Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sinha said.
All the 11 trains booked by BJP for the rally had arrived much before the blast, Station Manager of Patna Junction Raju
The BJP demanded a probe into the incident and said its supporters will not be detererd by it.
Senior Superintendent of Police of Patna Manu Maharaj visited Patna junction.
Patna City SP Jaykant said that security arrangements had been scaled up at the station.
The Patna Rail SP said that the toilet where the blast took place was shut down.
The incident triggered a political slugfest between BJP and its former ally JD(U).
“This blast cannot stop the youth from being part of Modi’s rally. There is anger among people and they want to get rid of Congress and also other parties who are standing with it,” BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
“Investigation should be done so as to find out who is behind it,” he said.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that the blast had put a question mark on security arrangements for such a big occasion.
Sushil Kumar Modi, who was at Gandhi Maidan, said he got the information about the blast over phone from a well wisher from abroad.
“When I checked it with the district magistrate. He was not aware of the incident,” he said.
Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Sabir Ali questioned why “such incidents were happening after JD(U) parted ways with
“There is something suspicious. I can feel. They will divide the nation, divide the people only for power,” he said.
JD(U) Spokesman Niraj Kumar said “why BJP did not depute its workers at the Patna junction for the convenience of the
people coming from far off places of the state.
“It’s amazing that Sushil Modi came to know about the blast from a well wisher from France and none of BJP workers present at Patna junction.”