Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday said they had received intelligence inputs about terrorists plotting to attack Modi in Kanpur rally.
"Three days before Narendra Modi's rally here, the police had received an alert from IB (Intelligence Bureau) that three terrorists were present in the city and were planning to attack the rally. They could have used rocket launcher and IED (Improvised Explosive Devices)," Kanpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yashaswi Yadav told reporters today.
The SSP claimed that the terrorists had reached the city and even recced the venue of the rally.
"We had deployed policemen at and around the venue of the rally and had given them pictures of the suspected terrorists. This probably scared them," the SSP said.
"We had made strict security arrangements for the rally. Every person entering the venue was checked at the entrance gates. Policemen were deployed there in plain clothes also," he said.
"Two days before the rally, we had increased patrolling in the city and security personnel were deployed at all sensitive areas of the city," he added.
The SSP further claimed that suspected terrorists arrested in connection with the Patna blasts have confessed that they had planned to attack the Kanpur rally also, but could not because of police high alert.
Terrorists may plan to attack Modi on his Nov 8 rally to be held in Bahraich, UP
When asked why was the media was not informed about the threat to the rally, the SSP said this would have alerted the terrorists.
It means that Modi has been on terrorists' radar for a long time as he had a close shave at the Hunkaar rally in Patna on October 26.
In the backdrop of failed terror attacks attempts on Modi, the security agencies have beefed up the security arrangements of Modi.
According to reports, terrorists may plan to attack Modi on his November 8 rally to be held in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh.
On October 27, Patna was rocked by a series of seven bomb blasts in and around the venue of Modi's Hunkaar rally at Gandhi Maidan. The low-intensity serial blasts in the Bihar capital claimed six lives and left over 80 injured.
Three accused have been arrested in connection with the blasts case.
One of the prime accused, Imtiyaz revealed that they had made a code word, "machli 5", to attack Modi. Imtiyaz and his other aide had planned to kill Modi by exploding themselves in fron of his dais, but, their plan went awry.
(With PTI inputs)