Man detained ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Bihar rally

Patna: A man with an air gun was on Saturday detained when he tried to enter Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's rally venue in Bihar's West Champaran district, police said.

"A bearded man with an air gun was detained. His air gun was seized along with his bag," a district police official said.

Man detained ahead of Rahul Gandhi's Bihar rallyMan carrying air gun is frisked by polce personnel at Rahul Gandhi's rally at Bihar. Pic/ANI

Police said the man was spotted carrying an air gun and trying to enter the site of the Gandhi's rally ahead of state polls.

The youth has been identified as Tayyab Jaan, a resident of Jharmuhi village under Chautarwa Police Station in the district. "He seems to be mentally unstable and claimed that he had brought the weapon for his own protection. We are investigating the entire episode in detail," Singh said.

He said a bag was also seized from the arrested youth. It contained a few clothes and pellets used in air guns. He said police are inquiring into the antecedent of the youth.

Rahul Gandhi is addressing a rally organised to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar. Though RJD President Lalu Prasad and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar have given the programme a miss, Prasad's son Tejaswi Yadav and JD(U) General Secretary K C Tyagi are representing the alliance partners.

The rally will be the first big show of the grand alliance after the 'Swabhiman rally' in Patna on August 30, which was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar.

Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad will not be present and due to their engagement with finalisation of candidates.

However, JD-U general secretary and national spokesperson K.C. Tyagi and other senior party leaders will attend the rally.

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