Bihar Police on Monday confirmed that the serial blasts suspects have revealed that three teams were formed to place the bombs so that it could lead to a stampede at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said the arrested blasts suspects’ revealed crucial information, which would help in getting their hands on the main culprits soon.
“He said that we came in three teams and each team had six to eight people. They had planned to throw the bombs and leave. He also disclosed the name of the suspects on the basis of which we are conducting raids,” said Maharaj.
“Their main aim was to create an atmosphere of fear so that there can be a stampede at the venue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader C.P. Thakur said Modi did have prior information, but he chose not to disappoint thousands of his supporters who had turned up enthusiastically.
“Narendra Modi was asked not to come by his own intelligence sources, who had sensed some mischief at the venue. But Modi denied saying many people had turned up so he would go and address the rally,” said Thakur.
At least seven suspects have been detained in connection with Sunday’s serial blasts in Patna in which six people were killed and 83 injured.
While four were nabbed in Patna, three persons were detained in Ranchi on Sunday night.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who ended his party’s alliance with the BJP in August over the latter’s decision to give Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi the starring role in its campaign for the national elections, yesterday said there should be no politics over the blasts.
Kumar, who announced Rs5 lakh as financial assistance for the families of the deceased in the Patna serial blasts, confirmed that there was no intelligence input about the explosions.
Kumar also said the Bihar Police is confident of gaining pivotal information from the suspect regarding the investigation, and was confident of reaching solid conclusions about the perpetrators soon.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the blasts in Patna, and called for urgent steps to identify and take action against those responsible. He appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm.
Singh also spoke to the Bihar Chief Minister to enquire about the situation and call for immediate and firm action. He also assured the Chief Minister of all central assistance in the investigations.
The low intensity blasts rocked Patna between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm on Sunday shortly before Modi’s address to a ‘Hunkar rally’ in Gandhi Maidan.
Six of the bombs went off inside and near Gandhi Maidan, the rally venue. The remaining two blasts took place inside a public convenience complex at Patna Junction.