Gandhi Maidan

  • Manjhi promises all-round development of Bihar August 15, 2014

    Promising all-round development of Bihar, Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday announced a plethora of schemes,including a bank account for every family. Unfurling the tricolour at a water-logged Gandhi Maidan and delivering his maiden Independence Day speech amidst continuous rains, Manjhi said the state government will conduct camps at every...
  • Hawala racket busted in Patna, three arrested July 5, 2014

    The Patna police busted a hawala racket on Friday after arresting three people, police said. A police team arrested three people near Gandhi Maidan here and recovered Rs.16 lakh in cash and 36 ATM cards from their possession, Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said. "We have been interrogating the three...
  • Aslam Pervez confesses his involvement in Bodh Gaya, Gandhi Maidan blasts: Police March 9, 2014

    The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested one accused of the serial blasts during Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Patna last in October last year from a village in Arwal district of Bihar, police said. The person arrested was identified as Aslam Pervez, son of Maqsood Alam and...
  • Trains hit, roads blocked in Bihar shutdown March 2, 2014

    Hundreds of ruling JD-U workers on Sunday disrupted train services and blocked roads at many places to enforce a statewide shutdown to press for a special status for Bihar. Police said Janata Dal (United) supporters halted over half a dozen long-distance trains, and as a result, passengers were stranded at Patna,...
  • BJP accuses Nitish Kumar of giving small venue for Modi's rally February 17, 2014

    Accusing the Bihar government for allotting a "small" ground for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally in Muzaffarpur on March 3, BJP on Sunday expressed fear that there could be law and order problems due to limited capacity of the venue. The Muzaffarpur district administration has deliberately alloted a small...
  • Governor DY Patil highlights state's achievements in Republic Day address January 26, 2014

    Several innovative steps for good governance and a "zero tolerance" policy towards corruption have been taken in Bihar, which has recorded highest growth rate of 14.48 percent in the country, Governor D Y Patil said in his Republic Day address on Sunday. Addressing the Republic Day function at the Gandhi Maidan...
  • BJP disrupts Bihar Assembly, wants CBI probe in Patna serial blasts December 12, 2013

    The Bihar assembly proceedings were disrupted on Thursday by the opposition BJP which demanded CBI probe into the Patna serial blasts ahead of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally on October 27. The assembly was adjourned till 2.30 pm after the ruckus in the morning. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nand Kishore...
  • Patna students protest government's move to block college entrance December 9, 2013

    Thousands of students of Magadh Mahila College - a prestigious city women's college - took to the streets in the Bihar capital on Monday to protest a government move to block the main entrance of their college to facilitate the construction of a convention centre. Police said about 5,000 girls marched...
  • Patna serial blasts: Police lodge FIR against Indian Mujahideen November 21, 2013

    An FIR was lodged against the Indian Mujahideen organisation and its suspected operatives on Thursday by the Bihar Police in connection with the serial bomb blasts in the state's capital, police said. At a time when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing into serial blasts in Patna Oct 27, a...
  • When Jinnah took on Congress at Patna's Gandhi Maidan November 17, 2013

    Patna: Serial bomb blasts at Patna's Gandhi Maidan may have drowned BJP's 'Hunkar' for change in the country's regime, but 75 years ago, the same historic venue had hosted Muhammad Ali Jinnah, whose fiery speech against Congress had lifted the fortunes of his Muslim party. At the 26th Annual Session...
  • Narendra Modi to visit Nitish's Bihar again November 12, 2013

    BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi will visit Bihar for a third time around December end or mid-January next year to address a public meeting for which the date and venue were being worked out. "We have planned to hold three-four public meetings between December this year and January next year...
  • Nitish criticises BJP, says protocol to be formulated for booking Gandhi Maidan November 11, 2013

    Patna: Criticising the BJP for not cleaning Gandhi Maidan before their October 27 rally which "helped in hiding bombs inside polythene bags", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said a protocol is being formulated for booking the field for rallies and functions. "I have instructed officials to formulate a protocol...
  • A week after serial blasts, Gandhi maidan open for public November 4, 2013

    A week after serial bomb blasts, Gandhi Maidan, which was the venue of the public meeting of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, has been thrown open for the public. Patna District Magistrate N Shrwan Kumar said on Monday that Gandhi Maidan, which had been sealed for searching explosives, has now...
  • Serial blasts: Family refuses to claim body of terror suspect Tarique November 4, 2013

    Three days after Ainul Ansari alias Tarique, a suspect in the serial bomb blasts in the Bihar capital, died at a hospital in Patna due to injuries to his brain, his family has refused to claim the body for last rites, police said on Sunday. "No one from his family has...
  • Prime suspect Ainul alias Tarique in Patna serial blasts dies in hospital November 1, 2013

    The prime suspect in Patna serial blasts died in the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Patna. Ainul alias Tarique, who was on life support system, died late on Thursday night, hospital Director Arun Kumar Singh said. "He had splinters, suspectedly hard iron pieces, in his brain and it was...
  • Patna serial blasts: One more terror suspect arrested October 31, 2013

    Terror suspect Meher Alam has been detained as sleuths raided several places in Bihar to hunt down those who unleashed a string of bombings that left six dead, police said on Thursday. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) intensified the search for terror suspects and carried out raids at several places in...
  • Gujarat police slams Bihar counterpart over 'lack of security' for Modi's rally October 31, 2013

    Gujarat police on Wednesday criticised its Bihar counterpart, alleging serious lapses in security measures for Chief Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Patna, saying that had the Bihar administration heeded its request, perhaps the situation could have been avoided. Seven blasts rocked Gandhi Maidan, the venue of Modi's rally and surrounding areas,...
  • Days after Patna serial blasts, CPI(M-L) holds rally in city October 30, 2013

    The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) is holding its rally here amid tight security on Wednesday, barely three days after a string of explosions in Patna left six dead and over 80 injured. The serial blasts in Patna took place Sunday before Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was...
  • Patna blasts: Modi was also a target, code was 'machli 5', say sources October 30, 2013

    Patna: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was also one of the targets of the Patna serial blasts, according to sources. Modi will visit Patna on November 2 to meet the families of the blast victims. Sources say the code word being used for Modi was Machli (fish) 5. The police and...
  • Patna blasts: Shinde says inputs given to Bihar govt, Nitish refutes October 30, 2013

    Patna: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has created a fresh controversy over Patna blasts by saying that the Bihar government was warned about threats to the Bharatiya Janata Party's Hunkar rally. Meanwhile, police continue to find live bombs in Patna even after 48 hours since serial blasts rocked the...
  • Patna: 2 live bombs recovered; Shinde says prior inputs given to Bihar October 29, 2013

    Patna: Two live bombs were recovered on Tuesday at Gandhi Maidan in Patna where Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi held the Hunkar rally on Sunday. The first bomb was found near SK Memorial hall, hardly 50 metres from Gandhi Maidan. The bomb was defused by the bomb disposal...
  • Two bombs found in and around Gandhi Maidan, defused October 29, 2013

    Two bombs were found in and around Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Tuesday, on a day when union Home Secretary Anil Goswami visited the spot that saw a string of explosions the previous day, police said. One of the two bombs was found barely half an hour before Goswami's visit to the...
  • One more live bomb recovered from Gandhi Maidan in Patna October 29, 2013

    Patna: One more live bomb has been recovered at the Gandhi Maidan in Patna where BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi held the Hunkaar rally. The bomb squad is on the spot trying to defuse the bomb. Meanwhile, CNN-IBN has also accessed the FIR in the Patna blasts case. According to...
  • Tehseen Akhtar may have planted the bomb at Gandhi Maidan: sources October 29, 2013

    Patna: Indian Mujahideen operative Tehseen Akhtar has emerged as the main suspect in Sunday's Patna serial blasts. Sources have now told CNN-IBN that it may be possible that Tehseen placed the bomb at Gandhi Maidan himself. CNN-IBN has also learned that three other bombers have been identified as Hyder, Noman and...
  • Sushil Kumar Shinde has a life beyond Patna: Khurshid October 29, 2013

    New Delhi: After the BJP attacked Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for attending the music release of a Bollywood film on Sunday after serial blasts rocked Bihar's capital, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid defended him by saying, "Shinde has a life beyond Patna." Khurshid said whatever happened in Patna was...
  • Patna serial blasts: One suspected terrorist belongs to Ranchi Module of IM October 28, 2013

    One of the suspected terrorists arrested in connection with the Patna blasts, identified as Imtiaz Ansari belongs to the newly formed 'Ranchi Module' of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), Jharkhand ADG (law ~~amp;amp; order) SN Pradhan said on Monday. Pradhan said interrogations during raids at Dhurva last night it had emerged that...
  • Patna blasts: Eyewitnesses accounts expose security lapses October 28, 2013

    Patna: A series of blasts in Patna on Sunday had left six people dead and over 80 injured, hours before Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's Hunkaar rally was scheduled. Eyewitnesses accounts have exposed the lack of checks and other security loopholes. Eight bombs went off...
  • Patna blasts an act of terror, says Rajnath Singh October 28, 2013

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Monday said he believed the serial blasts in Patna were an act of terror. "The kind of incident that happened in Patna, I believe it is due to terrorist activities," Rajnath Singh said on Monday. "The incident is unfortunate, certainly there were intelligence and...
  • Patna blasts: Basic security arrangements were missing for Modi rally October 28, 2013

    Patna: The Patna blasts are being seen as a major lapse on part of the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. While Nitish says there were no intelligence inputs, the BJP has said that Nitish was asked to provide extra security cover for it's PM candidate Narendra Modi's Hunkaar rally. In...
  • Patna blasts: police suspect more IEDs at Gandhi Maidan, search on October 28, 2013

    The serial blasts in Patna on Sunday have left 6 people dead and over 80 injured. The second suspect in the blast has succumbed to his injuries. The Bihar police is carrying out searches at Gandhi Maidan as they suspect more live IEDs could be found. ...