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Among dead and injured,students,fans who came to hear ‘fresh ideas’ of Modi

The toll from the bombings rose to six on Monday.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: October 29, 2013 12:36:36 am

Hari Om Singh from Badi Malala village under Sarmera police station of Nalanda has a wound nearly an inch deep in his back from shrapnel. Singh said he does light farm jobs in the village and had come to Patna to listen to Narendra Modi who he believes has some “fresh ideas”.

He said over 200 men from Badi Malala work in Gujarat. “I wonder why Nitish Kumar has such intense hatred for the man in whose state our boys earn their livelihoods,” Singh said.

The toll from the bombings rose to six on Monday. Among the dead and over 90 injured were BJP workers and supporters and college students who had gone to see the “strong and radical” Gujarat Chief Minister.

A group of students had come from a village in Jehanabad; some among them suffered injuries,but on Monday,the youths said they were now “more determined to extend support” to Modi.

Munna Srivastava of Mirganj in Gopalganj district died in one of the blast. He was not a BJP member,but would often carry the party’s flag at local functions and give speeches. Four others who were killed — Rajnarain Singh,Vikas Kumar,Bharat Rajak and Prem Kumar — were commoners who had gone to attend the rally. The sixth victim,who died late Sunday,has not been identified.

Mohammed Tariq,one of the accused,is very critical and on ventilator support in a Patna hospital. Four of the six blasts at the venue took place near large TV screens.

Rajnish Kumar,a BA student from Jehanabad,is recovering in the emergency ward of Patna Medical College Hospital. His friend Nitish said he was thrown six feet away as the bomb went off. “We had heard so much about Modi and we wanted to see him in person. The attacks have made us more determined to support him,” Nitish said.

Anil Kumar Singh from Mokama said he was watching proceedings on a screen when a bomb went off. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,Singh said,had “forgotten” the people who voted him to power. “Even in hospital,I wanted to know what Modi said at the rally,” he said.

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