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Oct 28, 2013 at 12:17am IST

IM founder Yasin Bhatkal's aide behind Patna blasts: Sources

Patna: In a fresh development in the Patna blasts case, investigators probing the case have claimed that Indian Mujahideen is behind the bomb blasts that took place in the state capital before the Bharatiya Janata Party's mega rally.

Sources told CNN-IBN that that they have got specific leads on the role of Mohammed Tehseen Akhtar, who is a key aide on Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal.

Aktar alias Monu had taken over the Darbhanga module after Bhatkal's arrest. Sources further added that interrogators feel the attack was carried by Akhtar to take revenge for Bhatkal's arrest. However, they also added that this inputs are based on preliminary inquiries.

At least five people were killed and more than 80 injured as eight bombs exploded in Patna on Sunday, six of them in and around the ground where Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a massive rally just a few hours after the tragedy. The first blast ripped through a toilet at around 9:15 am at the newly built platform 10 of Patna railway station, killing one person and wounding another.

After an hour, by which time Modi had reached Patna, four explosions took place in quick successions near the Hunkar rally venue Gandhi Maidan, killing four others and causing a lot of panic. The second blast took place at Eliphiston cinema hall followed by the other explosions near the rally venue.