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Patna bombs meant to target massive gathering


Patna, April 4: The bombs that were discovered in an apartment at Patna were in fact brought down from Jharkhand and the intention was to harm a large gathering of people, investigations subsequent to the arrest of Kundan Kumar an accused in the case has revealed.

Kumar, who was one of the four persons in the apartment where the explosion of a low intensity bomb triggered off the entire investigation was arrested on Friday by police at Ekangarsarai in Nalanda district. [Bombs recovered in Patna: Four members escape]


Targeting a large gathering

The intention of the accused persons was to prepare a bomb in a bid to target a large gathering of people. There is a terror link to it, an investigating officer confirmed to OneIndia.

[Patna bombs go beyond local gangs and naxals]

Currently the Bihar police are trying to get information regarding the other accused who were involved in the incident.

It was a conspiracy that they were hatching and the intention was to carry out mass destruction.

When asked whether the target was the Amit Shah rally to be held later this month at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna, investigators say that they do not rule out anything.

Bomb in a milk can

The accused persons were planning on carrying out a major blast.

Going by the forensic reports that are trickling in it shows that they proposed to pack the bombs in a large milk container a diversion from the earlier method of packaging the bombs in a pipe or a tiffin box.

A milk container can hold more explosives and the two bombs together would have weighed around 20 kilograms, the investigators say.

The police are awaiting the complete details from the forensic report which also prima facie suggests that they were using kerosene oil and ammonium sulphate too.

Raids being conducted

The police also conducting search and raids in various places in Bihar and Jharkhand.

They are trying to find if the explosives were sourced from the same person who had supplied it to the SIMI which carried out the Hunkar Rally and Bodhgaya blasts.

It appears to be a common trail and we are getting to the bottom of it, a police official said.

Jharkhand has become a hub for these elements to source their explosives from, the officer also added. [Patna bombs: NIA seeks details]

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which probed the Hunkar Rally and Bodhgaya blasts is also providing information to the local Bihar police.

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