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Patna serial blasts

Centre alerted Bihar govt: Shinde

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Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (right) said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would travel to Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the law and order situation in Bihar. File photo: Ranjeet Kumar
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Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (right) said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would travel to Delhi on Wednesday to discuss the law and order situation in Bihar. File photo: Ranjeet Kumar

The Centre on Tuesday said it had alerted the Bihar government about possible terror attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna which was rocked by serial blasts on Sunday.

“We have said that we had given input (about Patna rally). Now, if it was a general alert or specific input, that is a different thing. Whenever there is specific input we give but whenever there are such rallies we give input saying you have rally in your state so there could be a possibility of an attack,” he told reporters here.

He was replying to a question whether the Central government had alerted the Bihar government beforehand about possible terror attack on Mr. Modi’s rally.

Multiple blasts rocked in and around the rally venue in Patna on Sunday claiming six lives and injuring more than 80 people.

“We give input saying you could be attacked in 2-3 days or so and so day. We keep doing that. We also give specific input,” he said on the sidelines of a function organised on the occasion of the 74th raising day of CRPF.

Mr. Shinde said the Home Ministry had given alerts to all states with regard to rallies and asking the state police forces to beef up security.

The Home Minister, who was supposed to visit Patna on Tuesday to review security in Bihar but cancelled it, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar would travel to Delhi on Wednesday and they would meet to take stock of the law and order situation there.

“The Bihar Chief Minister will meet me tomorrow. I was supposed to go today but he has a meeting in Rajgir. So, he would not be in Patna. Hence, I have sent the Union Home Secretary, Additional Secretary and NIA chief. They will go there and report me back. Tomorrow, I will talk to Kumar,” he said.

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So the BJP's allegations are true. The Centre did provide intelligence inputs regarding the terror threat at the rally. It is clear that Nitish chose to ignore the threat just as he did with regards to the intelligence inputs provided before the Bodh Gaya blasts on account of vote bank politics for electoral gains. It is a shame that vote bank issues are being played even on national security issues.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 17:05 IST

It is unfortunate that Nitish Kumar is doing the blame game and is not understanding the follies of his Government and his inability to control the terror elements. His benovelent attitude seems to be encouraging the Militants and they feel secure in Bihar more particularly around the Nepal border and they execute the plans of their Masters. A terror should be treated as a war on the nation and should be handled accordingly. Not a day is lost where everyone cutting across the party lines are criticising Modi and with each criticism he is becoming pouplar and popular. Politician should treat another politician as his own brethern and dealt with politically. Mr. Modi deserves a high security and there should be no politics about it. It is incumbernt on the Central Government to advise all the States to ensure total security at the venues where Modi campaigns.

from:  jagannathan
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 16:49 IST

Nice Indeed. Five dead in blasts - and as usual the finger pointing has begun. It is a matter of shame. Politicians especially from the days of Indira Gandhi believe that their lives and property are precious. They need to have a dozen AK 47 toting commandos, but when it comes to the common man, their lives and property do not matter! It is the same common man that votes them to power and gives them all the creature comforts like free housing, unlimited phone calls and air travel, visits to foreign countries to "study systems" - just to name a few.

Ungratefulness is a sin and our politicians have mastered the art of committing it. How can we call ourselves the largest democracy in the world, when we can not guarantee the safety of our citizens? Why do we keep voting such politicians to power? This is something to mull over because the elections are just a few months away and we can change the course of history in the country.

from:  Thomas Johnston
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 15:59 IST

Shockingly,I share my sympathy with the victim's family in the Patna
Bomb Blast.the Bihar CM announced the Rs.5Lakh compensation that not
the solution,but it ridiculous that Our Lovely Country within the
country the terrorism is developing rapidly which directly condemn the
lack of consciousness of Leader and administrator.Through this I
convey the message to editor The Hindu,about focusing in criminals
details in the paper.The Harsh punishment is desired by the janta of
India to the culprit and as soon as possible they should hang after
being traced.

from:  Montu Baraik
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 15:49 IST

I read whole article and amazed that Mr. Sinde sir knows that there might be some attack on Namo rally. What is the action that has been taken be central govt. to stop it. They just can't raise alarm that there is going to be attack on some body and you have to prevent it. This sort of statement from our ministers is shameful.

from:  shambhu kumar
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 14:14 IST

This clearly shows the lack of interest by Nitish Kumar and his aversion
towards Modi. Instead of thinking against Modi, he should have thought
about the people and the terrorist infiltration.Country and people are
above self and enmity.

from:  R Raman
Posted on: Oct 29, 2013 at 13:56 IST
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