18 bombs failed to scare four lakh people, Gandhi Maidan to create history again
Sanjeev Kumar in Patna
The historic Gandhi Maidan of Patna again created history—both for good reasons and for evil designs of anti-nationals. Gandhi Maidan has witnessed many turns in the history. Mahatma Gandhi and JP created history here. Emerged from this ground the JP movement led to the formation of first non-Congress government at the Centre in 1977. This time BJP’s Prime Ministrial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a rally with similar enthusiasm and gathering.
People witnessed such a huge gathering after a long gap. More than four lakh people turned to listen Modi. This excludes the people of Patna who were forced to stay inside their houses due to serial blasts carried out prior to the rally. This is the first public rally which was targeted by serial blasts. Seven persons were killed and more than 90 injured in these blasts. Amidst the explosions at Railway Station and the Gandhi Maidan, Modi addressed the rally with full vigour.
Five more bombs were recovered from Gandhi Maidan on October 29, inflicting huge embarrassment on Bihar Police, which had claimed to have sanitised the sprawling ground after Indian Mujahideen’s attack the Modi rally on October 27. It was calculated that IM operatives were carrying 18 bombs including seven, which went off during the BJP’s rally. Four IEDs were recovered during the rally, while two were seized and defused by NSG the same day and five on two days later.
The bombs were recovered from a spot right across the headquarters of the city police, which is under attack for leaving gaping holes in the security cover of Modi, who is already in the hit list of terror outfits. In a recent twit Modi said, “People’s blessings are the strongest suraksha kavach. Till these blessings are there this journey of awakening the nation will continue.”
Addressing the mammoth gathering Modi strongly condemned backstabbing and opportunist politicians, dynastic rulers and leaders of dark ages. He said, “Gandhi’s satyagrah was to ensure British free India. This Gandhi Maidan should vow to make for a Congress-free India.” He emphasised that the success of NDA government in the state was mainly due to the hard work of BJP Ministers. They registered the growth in crucial departments. Hindus and Muslims don’t need to fight each other. They need to fight poverty jointly. He added, “Those who talk of Muslims forget that while the full quota for Haj is availed in Gujarat because Muslims are more prosperous and earn well, while 1000 quotas for pilgrims go vacant in Bihar, where they talk of caring for them the most.”
RSS condemns the blast
RSS strongly condemned the serial blasts in Patna. “The RSS is shocked to hear about the series of bomb blasts that took place in Patna. We see it as a blatant attempt to terrorise and scare nationalist forces. We strongly condemn this heinous attempt and expresses the confidence that the spirit and resolve of nationalist forces will remain undented despite such cowardly terrorising acts. This justifies our resolution adopted at the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari mandal meeting indicating our grave concern about the growing jehadi activities in the country,” said RSS Akhil Bharatiya Prachar Pramukh Dr Manmohan Vaidya in Kochi on October 27.
Amidst blasts Shinde enjoys music
It is only in India that we will find a Home Minister who is incharge of internal security, having a gala time at a music function, when there was a series of bomb blasts/terror attack in the country, which claimed six lives and injured more than 90 people. How irresponsible and insensitive can a Home Minister be? In 2008, it was the Congress party’s Shivraj Patil who behaved this way and now in 2013 it is Sushil Kumar Shinde of the same party who is indulging in dereliction of duty. As usual, the corrupt, inept and unethical Congress party’s ministers are brazenly justifying his participation in the music function.
Terror blots too deep
Shankerdeo Jha from Ranchi
The low intensity bombs that Indian Mujahedeen operatives had planted; unspooled Jharkhand connection with this conspiracy to physically eliminate Modi. It is a different story altogether that Modi’s bête noire and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made a false claim that Intelligence Bureau (IB) had not issued threat percept.
The biggest story, probably more disturbing, too is that political and police establishment pretended all these years it least knew about devil has become a demon—ready to devour everything. That Md Imtiyaz Ansari of Sithio village in Ranchi caught red handed with bombs at Patna railway station on the day of blast and his accomplish and co-villager; Tarique (probably a human bomb who died on November 1) got injured while wrapping bomb around waist are the mere pinions of that intricate terror plot. So was rest two of their co-villagers; Taufique and Noman who chose to be instrument in the hands of anti-national and jehadi forces, who are hands-in-glove with secularist forces opposed to nationalistic forces.
“That very mission was designed to eliminate Modi, which luckily failed. Three IM modules were involved in this operation. Within Ranchi, IM has established more than a dozen modules. Jharkhand had long become a safe haven for terrorist,” a senior intelligence official commented.
Now the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigations hunts have started for two top IM operatives and mastermind; Tahasheen Akthar aka Monu a resident of Samastipur (Bihar) who carries cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head and Haider a resident of Aurangabad (Bihar).
Haider who figures in the wanted list of NIA in different cases including RC 06/12 Delhi for waging battle on the country lived in Doranda locality in Ranchi and studied in local Doranda College. Everybody was aware except police and security agencies that Haider was recruiting youths of the locality to join IM modules.
It is nothing but a sheer intelligence failure or probably unwillingness of the political class that gave IM a free hand to establish its modules in Ranchi. Ranchi SSP Saket Kumar Singh admitted that during interrogation Imtiyaz accepted that Haider and Monu had provided them three bombs each in Ranchi a day before they boarded Ranchi bound bus.
Long existence of sleeper cells in Jharkhand
2013: NIA arrested, Bariatu (Ranchi) resident and IM’s most wanted Manjar Imam whose role is doubted in range of terror attack across the country right from Ahmadabad bomb blast to Pune German Bakery blast. In 2008 he had taken part in a training camp organised by SIMI in the Thangalpara forests in Kerala
2011: Another youth of same locality, Danish Riyaz, who was too part of training camp and number of terror attacks across the country was arrested by Gujarat police in 2011. The list is exhaustive. Last year, Delhi and Hazaribagh police arrested two youths from Hazaribagh; Ehtesham Ahmed and Tausif Ahmed Peer for their alleged links with LeT and were plotting a terror attack in Delhi
2011: Bhopal Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested SIMI member and Mumbai resident Abu Faizal from a rented house at Mango in Jamshedpur and recovered 6.2 kg of gold out of 13 kg which he had looted from a finance company.
2006: a joint team of Jamshedpur and Kolkata police nabbed Md Noor Ahmed from Jamshedpur for his link with LeT. He was involved in Delhi bomb blast that ripped Paharganj and Sarojini Nagar market before Dipawali in 2005. Explosives and detonators were recovered from his residence.
2002: A joint team of Delhi and Hazaribagh police gunned down two Pakistani nationals and LeT terrorists; Idirs and Salim at Kheergaon in Hazaribagh where they were staying at a rented house. They were involved in attack on American Centre at Kolkata in January 2002.