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Guilty won't be spared, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 08 July 2013, 04:04 PM

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday refuted allegations about his government having ignored intelligence inputs on possible terror attack at Bodh Gaya and said until the CISF takes over security, Bihar Police will protect the World Heritage site.

"This is the first ever serial blasts in Bihar. There were 9 blasts and three bombs did not explode", said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"No one can claim that such incidents will never happen in any part of the country. The state government is looking into establishing an anti-terror squad in Bihar", Nitish said.

About his government ignoring intelligence outputs, Nitish informed, "Some inputs were received a few days back and there was action by the concerned officers. The concerned officials will soon give details on it."

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also said that investigations into the Mahabodhi temple blasts are on and the team has not yet come to any conclusion.

Faced with mounting attack by BJP and RJD for "failing" to avert the terror strike at the Mahabodhi temple despite specific warnings of intelligence agencies, Nitish alleged that both parties have joined hands in their "desperation" for power.

"Both have joined hands. The unity of BJP and RJD is visible....Our one step (parting ways from BJP) has exposed everybody.  They can go to any extent in their desperation for power. The blasts in Mahabodhi temple is an occassion when there should not have been any divide. Everybody should face this challenge together.

"But what is happening? People are raising slogans when I am going to the temple? Who are these people? This is frustration borne out after going out of power," Kumar told reporters here.

The Bihar Chief Minister also alleged that talks between two parties are going internally and "not at lower level.". "Talks are going on about seat adjustments. Both will do many things together some directly and some indirectly.

After going out of power, what kind of people they (BJP) are ready to make compromises with," Kumar said responding to questions.While RJD chief Lalu Prasad yesterday sought a probe into whether intelligence inputs were ignored, BJP's Prakash Javadekar said that it was a serious issue that central agencies had warned about this attack and given specific inputs that Bodh Gaya would be attacked and still no proper arrangements were made by the state government.

Kumar said that the serial blast at the Mahabodhi Templeis an incident, which required a show of unity at the socialas well as political levels.

First Published: Monday, July 08, 2013 01:39 PM
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