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Details of blasts as provided by Bihar DGP
Patna station, platform no.10(washroom) (9.30 am)
Gandhi Maidan near Udyog Bhawan (11.40 am)
Regent Cinema (12.05 pm)
Old Gandhi statue (12.10 pm)
Twin Tower (12.15 pm)
SBI office (12.20 pm)
Children’s park (12.45 pm)
A crude bomb exploded at the Patna railway station on Sunday morning, officials have stated. This was followed by more blasts in the city, near Elphinston cinema and Twins Tower, both near Gandhi Maidan. Several have been reportedly injured. Five people have been reported dead. A total of eight explosions occured.
RPF sources said that the first explosion took place in a paid toilet at the station. "The first explosion occurred at an isolated place on platform number 10. Another bomb has also be diffused and the security has been tightened," informed Manu Maharaj, SSP at the Patna railway station.
This bomb attack came hours ahead of the BJP's Hunkar rally in Patna, where Narendra Modi was to address the public. Commenting on the blast, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP, says, "We condemn this, investigation as to who is behind this must happen."
Digvijay Singh, general secretary of AICC, immediately responded on Twitter:
What a coincidence blast at Patna Railway on the day of Modi's Rally ! Challenge to Nitish Govt to find the culprit !
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 27, 2013
All the 11 trains booked by BJP for the rally had arrived much before the blast, Station Manager of Patna Junction Raju Kumar said. The BJP demanded a probe into the incident and said its supporters will not be detererd by it.
Post his rally, Narendra Modi, tweeted about the blast:
Blasts in Patna are deeply saddening & unfortunate. Condolences with families of deceased & prayers with injured. I appeal for peace & calm.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 27, 2013
Political leaders across parties also reacted to the attack:
I strongly condemn serial bomb blasts on the occasion of BJP rally in Patna. This is gross intelligence failure.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwarajbjp) October 27, 2013
Blasts during Modi Ji's 1st visit as PM hopeful to Bihar should be condemned by one&all.State govt and NIA should unearth the conspiracy.
— Shakeel Ahmad (@Ahmad_Shakeel) October 27, 2013