IB warns of possible human bomb attack during Modi’s Bihar visit
Patna: A day ahead of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar visit, the intelligence agencies have
warned of a possible ‘human bomb attack’ on the lines of former prime minister
Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, a top police officer said.
Modi is scheduled to
visit Patna on Saturday and address a rally in Muzaffarpur. “The Intelligence
Bureau (IB) has alerted Bihar 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,” a
top police official said.
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 said.
Modi is scheduled to
arrive here to launch Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Rashtriya Gramin Joyti Yojana
and inaugurate the new campus of IIT-Patna. He would also attend two other
functions in Patna before leaving for Muzaffarpur, around 70 km from Patna, to
address a public meeting.
He is likely to launch
the Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign for the forthcoming state assembly polls
from Muzaffarpur. A government official said the authorities would ensure
unprecedented security. “The Bihar government will go for unprecedented
security cover during Modi’s rally in Muzaffarpur,” a state home department
Though Modi’s security
is looked after by the Special Protection Group, the Bihar government has
directed senior officials to make special security arrangements for his rally,
the official said.
Modi’s rally at Gandhi
Maidan here was rocked by serial bomb blasts on October 27, 2013, leaving five
people dead and nearly 100 injured. (With inputs from agencies)