Patna cloud over Modi rally in UP

Permission may be denied over security

 BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed rally at Baharaich, which is very close to the Indo-Nepal border and considered to be communally sensitive, faces fresh hurdles after Sunday’s serial blasts at Patna.

An Intelligence report has said the anti-national elements could make a attempt to strike at the rally,  prompting the district administration to ‘re-think’ giving permission to the rally scheduled to be held on November 9.

“The report was sent to the state government before the serial blasts at Patna,” said a police officer here.

Officers said the area was very sensitive owing to its proximity to the porous Indo-Nepal border and a mixed population. After the Patna blasts and the arrest of Indian Mujahideen terrorist Afzal Usmani in connection with it, it has become ‘highly sensitive’, they added.

Sources said the security agencies had been directed to keep a strict vigil on the movement of suspicious people and conduct thorough checking of those arriving in the country through the borders.

They also said the anti-national elements could infiltrate the rally in the garb of ordinary workers. “All the police stations in the nearby areas have been alerted,” the officers added.

Sources said the district administration could reconsider its decision to permit the rally.
“It will all depend on the inputs received from the intelligence agencies in the next few days, district officers said.

“As of now the rally venue will be under round-the-clock guard. PAC and police have been deployed around the venue,” said the District Police Chief Mohit Gupta.

He added that metal detectors would be installed at the venue to check those arriving to attend the rally.

A high alert had been sounded in Uttar Pradesh following serial blasts in Patna on Sunday just before the rally of Modi that claimed six lives and wounded scores others.

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