Sunday, October 27, 2013

Serial blasts in Patna ahead of Modi rally; 1 dead and 16 hurt

Patna, October 27, 2013

After a string of six minor explosions, a powerful blast rocked the venue of Narendra Modi's ambitious Hunkar rally on Sunday. Sixteen persons have been injured in the blasts at the venue. Earlier in the day, a crude bomb exploded at the Patna Junction station, killing one person.

People gathered at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where Gujarat CM Narendra Modi is to address a rally. (HT Photo)

There was panic at the venue where a large crowd had gathered to hear the BJP prime ministerial nominee. Modi reached the venue around 1pm.

The big explosion was reported from the middle of the venue while four explosions took place near Gandhi Maidan and two happened outside the venue.

People at the rally said crude bombs have been planted under the soil which burst as soon as people stepped on it.

This is the first time Modi is addressing a rally in Patna since an acrimonious split with Nitish Kumar\'s Janata Dal (United) over the issue of Modi\'s elevation within the BJP.
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