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India Bihar blast injured suspect dies

  • 1 November 2013
  • From the section India
Smoke rises after a bomb exploded near a public ground where Narendra Modi was to address a rally in Patna October 27
The police described the bombs as crude devices

A man who was arrested in connection with last Sunday's bomb attacks on a crowd gathered for an opposition rally in the Indian state of Bihar has died.

Ainul, who was also known as Tarique, was injured when a bomb he was carrying exploded at the main railway station.

A series of blasts took place near a park in Patna city where Narendra Modi, opposition BJP's prime ministerial hopeful, was due to speak.

Six people died in the explosions and 102 others were wounded.

No group has said it carried out the attacks.

Reports say four people have been arrested in connection with the blasts.

The first bomb detonated at Patna railway station. Six others followed, all of them close to Gandhi Maidan, a public park filled with tens of thousands of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) supporters.

Police said Ainul had been in a coma after the bomb he was carrying exploded near the toilet of the railway station in Patna.

The explosions were caused by crude, home-made bombs and were "low-intensity", officials said.

Mr Modi, who is campaigning ahead of next year's general election, later addressed the rally at Gandhi Maidan.

One of the most polarising figures in Indian politics, he was criticised in 2002 for doing little to prevent religious riots in his home state, Gujarat, in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died. Mr Modi has always denied any wrongdoing.

He is also widely admired for making Gujarat one of India's most developed states.

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