Why the terrorists hit Bihar?

Enigmatic Indica

The serial blasts in Patna on October 27 are indicative of a more serious turn in India’s upcoming national elections, with implications for regional security.

The Indian Mujahideen (IM), a cluster of home-grown radicals, is almost certain to be behind these blasts – the second so far this year in a state that has been immune from terrorist violence. The first took place in Bodhgaya in July, and the bombs used are the same.

Why the security lapse in Nitish Kumar’s state, given that he consolidated his government by controlling law and order in Bihar, a measure that allowed the state’s admired development to succeed?

Two reasons:
1. The rank and file of the IM are of Bihari origin
2. When Nitish Kumar tackled Bihar’s lawlessness, he focused on crime, not terrorism – despite warnings from the central intelligence agencies

This allowed under-the-radar recruitment and indoctrination to continue in Bihar. Post indoctrination, the…

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