In a series of bomb blasts in Patna, at least five people were killed and 70 others injured, ahead of Narender Modi's Hunkaar Rally. Some of the injured under treatment are critical. The first blast took palce at the Patna Railway Junction. At the rally venue, smoke billowed from some places even as Modi addressed the crowd. Five of the blasts occurred on the outer periphery of the Gandhi Maidan while one bomb went off before the Eliphistine cinema. Tens of thousands of people had gathered at the rally venue. The bomb disposal squad recovered two more crude bombs. One security personnel was injured while defusing a bomb recovered from a toilet.
The Bihar Police suspect Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists and have already detained a suspect in this connection. The state had no intelligence inputs from the Central government about the blasts, as per CM Nitish Kumar.
The Union Home Ministry has sought a report from the state government and has also sent teams of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and National Security Guard (NSG).