Charge sheet filed in Modi's Patna rally blasts case

The NIA on Friday filed a charge sheet against 10 people, including alleged member of banned Simi group Hyder Ali, in a court here in a case relating to the serial blasts at the then BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna last year.

The National Investigation Agency, which filed the charge sheet in a special court, alleged that Ali, who was  in-charge of Simi’s Jharkhand unit, had allegedly conspired with others to target Modi.

According to the charge sheet, the accused wanted to target Modi as they thought that it would be inimical to their interests if he became prime minister. In pursuance of this conspiracy, Ali and his associates had conducted reconnaissance of various rallies to take stock of the security arrangements and plan for attacks.

“After realising that it was not possible to reach Modi during such rallies due to stringent security arrangements, the accused Ali and other co-conspirators decided to trigger bomb blasts at one such public rally which would result in a stampede and in the ensuing melee and chaos, they could reach to Modi,” the charge sheet said.

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