New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah who was scheduled to visit West Bengal for BJP’s campaign ahead of the Assembly polls has postponed his trip after a low-intensity IED blast was detonated near the Israel Embassy in Central Delhi’s VIP zone on Friday evening. Shah was to address two rallies in West Bengal on Saturday and Sunday. Also Read - Bengal Election 2021: Election Commission Removes Bengal ADG a Day After Announcing Poll Dates
Although no official reason has been provided for the deferment of his trip, it comes as farmers have intensified their protests against three farm laws amid incidents of clashes with “locals” at some places. Also Read - Bengal Elections 2021: 'On 2nd May, Hold me to My Last Tweet', Says Prashant Kishor
Shah was to attend several programmes as the BJP steps up its campaign in the state where assembly elections are expected to be held in April-May. Also Read - Poll Schedule For Bengal, TN, Assam, Kerala And Puducherry Announced, Results on May 2
Notably, the blast took place around the same time when President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were present a few kilometres away at the traditional Beating Retreat ceremony that marks the culmination of the annual Republic Day celebrations.
The bomb disposal squad of the Delhi Police carried out searches at the blast site to find out if there were more explosives in the area. Forensic experts also examined the blast site, an official said. Samples of dust and grass from the nearby area have been taken. It occurred near a tree. Some metal things have also been collected for further investigation.
The Police have recovered an envelope from the blast site that was addressed to officials of the Israeli Embassy, sources said. The envelope contained a note, but the sources did not reveal any details.
Police and other armed units have also increased patrolling in sensitive or crowded areas in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, and other places.
With Agency inputs