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Amit Shah postpones W. Bengal visit amid Israel Embassy blast, farmers’ protest

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: While the Centre is grappling with more intensified farmers’ protests and terrorist acts as of Israel Embassy blast case, that took place in Delhi’s VIP area on Friday evening, the Home Minister Amit Shah has postponed his scheduled visit to West Bengal where he was to address two rallies on Saturday and Sunday ahead of state assembly elections .

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However, no such official reason has been provided so far for the deferment of his trip, but given to the timings it seems the more intensified farmer protest, that has shaken the national capital with more and more supporters joining in, has influenced the changes in Centre’s ruling party’s schedules.

HM Shah was to attend several programmes as the BJP steps up its campaign in Bengal where assembly elections are to be held in April-May.

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.

Soon, 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. Meanwhile, a team of Forensic experts also visited the site where they examined the area and collected the samples of dust and grass. To note, the blast occurred near a tree, from where some metal things were also collected for further investigation.

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Furthermore, an envelope was also recovered from the blast site by the Delhi police that was addressed to officials of the Israeli Embassy, sources said. The envelope reportedly contained a note, but the sources refrained to comment on it.

In view of the terror incident of Delhi, Police and other armed units have increased patrolling in sensitive or crowded areas in Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur, and other places.

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