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IB alert for Modi rally in March

Patna, Feb. 15: Intelligence Bureau today sent an alert to the state police headquarters that terror groups could be planning an attack on Narendra Modi during his rally in Muzaffarpur next month.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is scheduled to address a rally in the town on March 3. Police sources said the alert was not specific and said one or more active terror groups might be planning the attack on Modi during the rally.

The police headquarters has taken the alert seriously because serial bomb blasts rocked Patna on October 27 last year, when Modi addressed the Hunkar Rally. A high-level meeting was convened today with senior officers of the special branch.

“The alert reached the special branch today and was forwarded to senior police officers and the district magistrate in Muzaffarpur. The contents of the letter cannot be disclosed but it is a general alert. The police and the district administration are taking it seriously and a concrete plan has been chalked out regarding security at the rally venue,” an officer in the police headquarters told The Telegraph.

The special branch officers today met at the Bihar Military Police-5 headquarters. Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Saurav Kumar also chaired a meeting with the security personnel in the district.

Another police officer said: “Adequate measures are being taken to ensure that the security remains tight during the rally. There will be several layers of security and electronic equipment will be used.”

The Indian Mujahideen had carried out terror attacks at Gandhi Maidan last October. Six persons, including two suspected terrorists, were killed in the blasts. Yasin Bhatkal, the mastermind of the attacks, was arrested later. The police are on the look out for the other suspects.