Munnilal (50) and Tilakdhaari (48) were nabbed with knives from near the venue of Modi's rally in Maanbela area, Assistant Superintendent of Police Paresh Pandey said.
    
He said that they have been taken to Chituataal police station and were being interrogated. The convicts have been booked under the Arms Act, he added.

A state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson said that Modi will make a brief stopover in Varanasi where he will arrive in a special aircraft from Ahmedabad.

In view of the security threat to him, seven additional companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been sent to provide security for the rally. Apart from it, a special police team from Gujarat has also been deployed, sources said.

Inspector General of Police (law and order) Amrendra Singh Senger said that four Superintendents of Police (SP) rank officials, eight Additional SPs and 13 Deputy SPs have been deployed for supervising the BJP's ‘Vijay Shankhnaad’ rally.
                
Elaborate parking arrangements for buses, four wheelers and three wheelers have also been made so that normal traffic is not affected, said Satyendra Sinha, who is the media in-charge.
    
Modi has so far addressed rallies in Kanpur, Jhansi, Bahraich, Agra and Varanasi in the Hindi heartland in a bid to galvanize the party cadres.

He will address one more rally in Meerut on February 2 after which the series of ‘Shankhnaad’ rallies will culminate in a ‘Maha rally’ in Lucknow on March 2.

The BJP, which has 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, hopes to revisit the 57-seat mark of 1998. Modi is spending considerable time in these rallies and his close aide and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah has been made the UP in-charge by the party's national leadership.

(Agencies)

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