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School makes hunkar again

Ranchi, Dec. 19: The alma mater of two of Patna serial blasts suspects is on the state BJPís list of institutes and buildings to house thousands of party workers for prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modiís Vijay Sankalp Rally on December 29 in Ranchi.

Jauhar Academy in Dhurwa, where Imtiyaz Ahmed Ansari ó an alleged bomber during Modiís Hunkar Rally in Patnaís Gandhi Maidan on October 27 ó studied, is the school in question.

The school is some 1km from the venue of the coming rally ó HEC grounds.

His 15-year-old nephew, who is also an accused in the blasts and currently absconding, studied here till earlier this year. He completed his matriculation in 2013.

Imtiyaz, picked up from Patna station soon after the blasts and has been in the custody of NIA since then, passed out from Jauhar Academy way back in 1998.

He had been brought to his village Sithio by the NIA team yesterday for the first time since October 27.

On the hard-to-miss irony of the school being hand-picked to house Modiís supporters, Jauhar Academy principal Firoza Akhtari maintained a discreet silence.

She, in fact, feigned ignorance about the development.

ďI donít have any idea if my school is being used to accommodate BJP workers. The top management has decided it, apparently. But, anyway I donít have any problem as the school will remain closed from December 24 to January 2 and our academic work will not get affected,Ē the principal said.

District education officer Mahip Singh, when contacted, said: ďI have not taken any decision in this regard. It is beyond my jurisdiction.Ē

When asked, BJP media in-charge Sawarmal Agrawal said: ďAuthorities of schools concerned were approached by our leader Lakshmi Chandra Dixit. The party communiquť on accommodations was made only after verification of all the facts.Ē

The other cradles that will be used as accommodation for BJP workers include Sarvodaya Vidyalaya and DAV Public School.

The party media in-charge Sawarmal Agrawal said around 25,000 workers would reach Ranchi from Sahebganj, Pakur, Jamtara, Deoghar, Godda and Dumka by December 28 morning.

Another 20,000 workers from Garhwa, Latehar, Palamau and Chatra will arrive for the Modi rally by December 28 midnight.

Party sources said preparations for Modiís mega rally were going on in full swing.

Today, workers were busy making tents and elevated platforms for the rally on HEC grounds.

ďThis venue (HEC grounds) can accommodate hardly one lakh people, provided no space is allotted for parking,Ē said Mohammed Enamul of Ranchi Tent House, supervising the work on the grounds.

Prabhat Tara School, St. Thomas School, and JSCA international stadium, Dhurwa, are the nearest landmarks.