A low-intensity bomb went-off inside a flat in a residential building in Patna. However, there was no report of casualty and injuries. Two youths, who are suspected to be involved in making the bomb, reportedly escaped before the police could reach the spot. The explosion panics among the residents of the area.
According to police source, two high-intensity live bombs were later recovered from the site and were diffused. Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said, “There was a low intensity blast. Two live bombs were also found which were defused later. No casualties or injuries have been reported as yet.”
The police, while investigation, found the recovered live bombs to be equipped with the same timer device of Lotus brand that was used in the bombs that exploded in 2013 at Narendra Modi’s rally at Gandhi Maidan ahead of the Lok Sabha polls and at Bodh Gaya.
“The bombs, having a timer with lotus shaped watches, are similar to the explosives used in Gandhi Maidan serial blasts and Bodh Gaya blasts. We are trying to identify the criminals. We cannot rule out the terror angle,” said a senior police officer.
Expressing grief over the blast, Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Manoj Jha termed it as shocking and unfortunate. Mr. Jha said, “I think these kinds of incidents or episodes tell us be calm, let’s not attach motive or politics to it, let the investigative agencies do its work and then truth shall prevail.”