NIA Cracks Blasts Case, Says Modi Was Tar­get

Anti-ter­ror agency an­nounces ar­rests of four al­leged ter­ror­ists be­hind the Patna blast in Oc­to­ber

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - AMAN SHARMA

mem­bers of VHP and RSS were also on their hit list

BUT DUE

to po­lice con­tin­u­ous raids at their hide­outs gang mem­bers could never touch any­one

THE IM

boys in­volved in the blasts were also part of bank rob­bery & a jew­ellery shop loot in In­dore

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were killed in the Patna bomb blast Af­ter stay­ing silent in its chargesheet in April on whether Naren­dra Modi was the di­rect tar­get of ter­ror­ists dur­ing his Hunkar rally in Patna, the Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) on Wed­nes­day cat­e­gor­i­cally said it was the case.

NIA Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Sharad Ku­mar held a hur­riedly-called press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day to an­nounce the ar­rest of four al­leged ter­ror­ists be­hind the Patna plot and said they had re­vealed that they had planned to hurt Modi. NIA had ear­lier charged eight per­sons for the Patna blasts and said the ter­ror­ists wanted to cre­ate panic and stam­pede in the crowd.

“Def­i­nitely the con­spir­acy was to harm Modiji. The people whom we have ar­rested ear­lier in the Patna blast case had said that they had recced Modi's ral­lies and went there to see how to get near him,” Ku­mar said on Wed­nes­day. “The ter­ror­ists had car­ried out dry runs at four places—Ak­barpur, Kanpur, Delhi and Patna—and fi­nally chose Patna, prob­a­bly due to the thin se­cu­rity cover there,” he added. One of the bombs at Patna, NIA of­fi­cials say, was planted just 100 me­tres away from Modi's Dias but did not ex­plode, only to be re­cov­ered the next day by po­lice. The Bi­har govern­ment then was slammed by the BJP for poor se­cu­rity ar­range­ments at the rally. Those, whose ar­rests were an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, in­clude the al­leged mas­ter­mind of the plot, Hy­der Ali alias 'Black Beauty', Mo­jibul­lah, Nu­man An­sari and a ju­ve­nile. NIA said the same mod­ule was be­hind the blasts at Bodh Gaya last year and hence both cases stand solved. NIA says the said mod­ule has close links with the In­dian Mu­ja­hedeen ter­ror group. NIA also says the the said ter­ror mod­ule and IM had their masters abroad and the mod­ule here was tak­ing di­rec­tions from them.

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