Five people were killed and 83 injured in six serial bomb blasts near the venue of BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Patna on Sunday minutes before he reached there to address a huge gathering.
Hours before the multiple explosions, a crude bomb went off in a newly constructed toilet at the Patna railway station, two km from the BJP's 'Hunkar rally' venue. A total of eight explosions took place in Patna on Sunday, one taking place at the railway station and the rest occurred near Modi's rally venue.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with Chief Secretary A K Sinha, Director General of Police Abhyanand and Principal Secretary Home Amir Subhani on the law and order situation following serial bomb blasts at Patna railway station and areas near Gandhi maidan, the sources said. Nitish has condemned the serial blasts and cancelled his scheduled trip to Munger.
Kumar has directed the police to immediately investigate the matter and said National Investigation Agency's help would be taken for the probe, an official statement said.
Five people died from blast injuries and 66 others were being treated for these injuries, according to Vimal Karak, Deputy Superintendent of Patna Medical College Hospital. Tens of thousands of people had gathered at the rally venue.
Two crude bombs recovered Immediately after the explosion at the railway station, bomb disposal swept the area and recovered two more crude bombs, Railway Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sinha said.
One security personnel was injured while defusing a bomb recovered from the toilet, he said. People were seen rushing the injured to the hospital as the explosions sparked panic. At the rally, plumes of smoke billowed from a couple of sites even as BJP leaders, including Modi, addressed the crowd. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts and appealed for calm. He spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and asked him to speedily probe the blasts and ensure that perpetrators are punished.
"The Prime Minister has condemned the blasts in Patna and called for urgent steps to identify