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Rajnath accuses security lapse at Modi’s rally, Home Min sends advisory to states and UTs


Home Ministry sent an advisory to states and UTs to tighten the security in wake of serial blasts in Patna

Rajnath_Singh1New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh today said there was a “security lapse” at the venue of Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna, which witnessed serial blasts that left six persons dead, and extra precautions should have been taken.

“Security lapse was there, there cannot be any doubt about that. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar spoke to me yesterday, expressed his sadness and said investigation is going on and assured me that within one or two days he will collect all information,” he told reporters here.

In wake of serial blasts in Patna, the Home Ministry also asked five poll-bound states to beef up security in election rallies, especially those being attended by top leaders.

In an advisory sent a day after the serial blasts in Patna, the Home Ministry asked the states and Union Territories to keep strict vigil on sensitive places, markets, religious sites, railway stations, bus terminus and in other vital installations besides deploying adequate forces for their security.

Sources said the states and UTs were asked to take all precautions to foil any attempt by terrorists to indulge in subversive activities, especially in places where there are large gathering of people.

The Home Ministry also asked authorities in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Mizoram to tighten security in political rallies as there may be attempts to target such gatherings by terrorists, sources said.

Six persons were killed in the seven low intensity serial blasts of which six bombs went off in and around the venue of Modi’s mega rally at Gandhi Maidan shortly before his address before a huge gathering yesterday.


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