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Two more live bombs recovered from Gandhi Maidan in Patna

It is believed the discovered bomb is similar to the devices that exploded across Patna on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 2:32:23 pm

Hours after Bihar police recovered a live bomb from Gandhi Maidan in Patna,another bomb was recovered from the same venue on late Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier in the day,a bomb was recovered from there and defused.

The development comes two days after serial blasts targeted Narendra Modi’s rally at the same venue,killing six people and injuring 90 others on Sunday.

“A suspicious object was recovered which was found to be a bomb during scanning,” Superintendent of Police (City) Jayant Kant told reporters.

The bomb has been defused and an operation to sanitise the Gandhi Maidan was on,he said.

Notably,Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was expected to visit Patna earlier today. However,his visit was cancelled following the unavailability of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Sushilkumar Shinde said that Centre had sent alert to Bihar about possible terror attack on Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna.

Speaking at a JD(U) meet,Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned terror attack in Patna.

Clarifying that the adequate security was provided for the Modi rally,Nitish said,””Some old friends have accused me of not making adequate security arrangements. I asked the security officials to sanitise the venue where the tragedy took place.”

Seven bombs went off between 11.40 am and 12.45 pm on Sunday — the first at Patna railway station’s platform 10,and the rest in and around Gandhi Maidan where Narendra Modiwas scheduled to speak shortly afterward.

On Monday,police had named Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu and Waqas — said to be aides of Indian Mujahideen(IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal — as the main conspirators behind the attack.

The Bihar government on Monday had written to the union home ministry asking that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) take over the probe. In the evening,teams of the NIA and Patna Police had reached Ranchi to continue the investigation.

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