While the Bihar government claimed that it had not received any intelligence alert before the Patna blasts,top sources said the state had received both general and specific alerts.
According to these sources,the specific alert was sent by a central intelligence agency on October 23,warning about an Indian Mujahideen (IM) threat to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modis rally. As IM has been looking for publicity,any disturbance during Modis rally would get it big mileage, said a source.
On September 2,the Intelligence Bureau (IB) also sent a general alert to all states on IM leader Tehseen Akhtar,warning that he and others may try to avenge the arrest of their leader Yasin Bhatkal.
Jharkhand ADGP S N Pradhan said one of the suspects arrested in the Patna blasts,Mohammed Imtiaz,has close ties with Akhtar. … some members of the outfit remain at large,including Waqar alias Javed (Pakistan-based) and Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu,both of whom were involved in the blasts in Hyderabad as well as other incidents in the last few years. A reliable input received soon after the arrest of Bhatkal… indicates that their close associates have vowed to avenge their arrest shortly, said the IB alert. The absconding activists… have demonstrated IED fabrication capabilities, it added.
On October 10,a general alert was sent to the state government. We always get general alerts, said Bihar ADGP Ravindra Kumar,maintaining that they had not received specific alerts.
Source said the state police also did not follow SOPs. They said advance security liaising a procedure to ensure coordination for VVIP security was not done between the Bihar Police,Gujarat Police and the IB. The security agencies also did not carry out anti-sabotage checking,according to reports.
Nitish in Rajgir,Shinde cancels Patna visit
NEW DELHI: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde cancelled his visit to Patna after the MHA officials were conveyed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would be attending a state-level conclave in Rajgir. Shinde was to hold meetings with Nitish and the local administration,sources said. The Home Ministry was told Nitish was at the Rajgir conclave organised by JD(U) and will be busy there between 2 pm and 5 pm Tuesday. The Bihar administration conveyed to the Centre that the Chief Ministers schedule cannot be changed prompting cancellation of Shindes visit. ENS