Hours ahead of Modi’s Bihar rally, maoists blew up two mobile telephone towers in Bihar’s Gaya district, a cylinder bomb was on Thursday recovered from a railway station ahead of two election rallies of Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the state.
According to reports, the bomb, recovered at a railway station between Gaya and Mughal Sarai, was to be planted on Rajdhani Express.
In a major security lapse, according to Superintendent of Police Nishant Tewari, nearly 100 Maoists gathered in the areas and blew up two mobile towers of a private company by exploding powerful bombs at Manjhauli and Dumaria Bazar villages late Wednesday night.
The ultras have called a bandh in the Maoist-hit districts of south central part of the state in protest against the killing of 10 of their cadres in Chhatra recently.
At least seven people, including a suspected bomber, were killed and nearly 100 injured just ahead of a rally by Modi in Patna on October 27, 2013.
The brain behind last year’s blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya, Indian Mujahideen operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu, has been arrested by the Delhi police from Rajasthan.
The Bihar government has decided to deploy 48,000 security personnel in six Maoist-affected Lok Sabha constituencies to ensure peaceful polling there.
The six constituencies are Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Karakat, Jamui, Gaya and Sasaram.