New Delhi: The intelligence agencies have issued alert over a possible human bomb attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Patna or at the public rally he is scheduled to attend in Muzaffarpur on July 25.
A top Bihar police official said that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted the state government and the Special Protection Group officials camping in the state to be on high alert for a possible human bomb attack against Modi during his visit to Patna and Muzaffarpur on Saturday.
Stating that the attack could be similar to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination by the LTTE in 1991, the IB alert has specified that well trained women Maoists may be used as a human bomb to target the prime minister during the visit, the official added.
“IB has alerted of possible attack on Modi during his visit to Bihar. The suicide bomber may target Modi disguised as a mediaperson, police official, electrician, an organiser, caterer or labourer,” officials told media.
Modi is scheduled to arrive in Patna to launch the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Rashtriya Gramin Joyti Yojna and inaugurate the new campus of IIT-Patna. He would also attend two other functions in Patna before leaving for Muzaffarpur to address a public meeting and is likely to launch the BJP’s campaign for the forthcoming Bihar Assembly polls.
Responding to the alert, authorities are ensuring unprecedented security during PM Modi’s visit. “The Bihar government will go for unprecedented security cover during Modi’s rally in Muzaffarpur,” a state home department official said.
The Bihar government has also directed senior officials to make special security arrangements for the prime minister’s rally, although Modi’s security is looked after by the Special Protection Group.
It may be recalled that Modi’s rally at Gandhi Maidan in Patna was rocked by serial bomb blasts on October 27, 2013. Modi was then the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. The blasts left five people dead and nearly 100 injured.