Human bomb explodes in Coimbatore
A human bomb attack on the lines of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination had been planned against Bharatiya Janata Party President L K Advani in Coimbatore.
The suicide bomber was allegedly chased by the police and blew himself in a bylane near the meeting venue.
Advani, who missed the serial bomb blasts that killed 32 in Coimbatore, disclosed this to UNI on his arrival at the airport in Tiruchirapalli.
The BJP president claimed a top police official had told a senior party leader that the police had accosted a man moving in a suspicious manner at the meeting venue. He apparently did not give a proper reply when questioned and fled. The police chased him and as he ran into a bylane, the bomb strapped to him exploded, killing him on the spot. His body was blown to pieces.
Advani said Intelligence Bureau officials had cautioned him and senior party leader A B Vajpayee of possible human bomb attacks.
Later, addressing a rally in Tiruchirapalli, he claimed that a BJP activist told him at Coimbatore that the former DMK MP (S Ramanathan) who had been denied the ticket this time, had called up the current DMK candidate at 1 pm and told him that blasts would occur at the BJP meeting venue near the railway station this evening.
Advani said this was an disturbing piece of evidence. How did the former DMK MP get to know this piece of information, he asked.
He said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, while campaigning at Tiruchirapalli a few days ago, had reportedly claimed ''a river of blood'' would flow if the BJP came to power at the Centre. ''Let him go to Coimbatore. Now he will find a similar situation there,'' he said.
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