Patna serial blasts: Two suspects held, toll climbs to six
Patna: Making headway in the Patna blasts case, police have arrested two suspected terrorists, including one possibly the mastermind, and detained several others, even as the toll in the serial explosions rose to six.
A search operation by NIA and Patna Police is on in Gandhi Maidan, the area which witnessed six of the seven serial bomb blasts yesterday that left 83 people injured, to locate explosives, if any, a senior police officer said today. The suspected terrorists have been identified as Tausim and Imtiyaz, official sources said.
SSP Patna Manu Maharaj earlier said that "One of the accused, who is being considered as the mastermind, has been arrested. He has confessed how the planning took place".
Three-four suspects have been detained, he said, adding, "We are in the process of interrogation so things will be clear very soon".
Maharaj said there were six-seven persons accompanying the alleged mastermind."Based on that information, we conducted raids. Information was given to Ranchi and subsequently our teams have gone there," he said.
Six persons were killed in the seven low intensity serial blasts of which six bombs went off in and around the venue of BJP Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi's mega rally at Gandhi Maidan shortly before his address before a huge gathering yesterday.
Patna city SP said investigation is going on "so we can't divulge a lot of details. The accused has confessed about the crime, how it happened. He told us that six-seven teams came to Gandhi Maidan and surroundings of Patna and how they planted the bombs".
Meanwhile, the toll in the serial blasts rose to six after an injured person died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) last night.
Currently, 37 injured persons, many of them in critical condition, are being treated in the hospital.