Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bodh Gaya during his trip to Gaya in Bihar on Sunday has been cancelled, an official said on Saturday…. A senior police official in Gaya said Modi’s proposed visit to Bodh Gaya was changed because of paucity of time. Another district official said security arrangements have been tightened in Bodh Gaya and a team of security personnel have inspected the area.
A group of armed Maoists attacked a construction site of a canal in Banka district of Bihar in the early hours on Sunday, assaulting the workers and torching two excavator machines and a tractor. Banka Sub-Divisional Police Officer Shashi Shankar said the incident occurred near Rathokia village where the state irrigation department is getting a canal constructed. The SDPO said that police teams have reached the spot and raids are being conducted in the area to nab those involved in the attack.
Maoists call shutdown to protest Modi’s Gaya rally
Patna, Aug 8: Maoists guerrillas have given a day-long shutdown call on Sunday in Bihar’s Magadh division to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Gaya ahead of the upcoming assembly polls. Magadh – comprising Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Jehanabad, Arwal districts – is considered a strong hold of Maoists, police said. “In view of Maoists shutdown call and announcement to observe black day to protest against Modi’s rally, we have tightened security and will deploy additional forces in Gaya and surrounding areas,” a police officer said.
The officer said the Maoist rebels have also threatened vehicle owners in their stronghold in rural pockets not to provide vehicles to carry BJP’s supporters to the rally. “Maoists have threatened to take action against those owners, whose vehicles were hired for the Modi’s rally,” the officer said.