Two live bombs defused at Bodh Gaya; NSG, NIA to probe serial blasts: Shinde

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 07 July 2013, 04:44 PM

Two live bombs were detected and defused by security agencies in and around the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya which was rocked by serial blasts on Sunday, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.

He also said that separate teams from the National Security Guard (NSG) and the National Investigation Agency have been rushed to Bihar to probe the blasts.

"I just talked to the Home Secretary and he told me that a team of NSG and a team of NIA have been sent to the blast site to probe the incident in Gaya," he told reporters here.

Shinde said nine blasts took place inside and outside the temple while two live bombs were detected and defused by the authorities there.

"Four blasts took place inside the temple complex. Three blasts took place near the Karmapa monastery while one each happened near the Buddha statue and a tourist bus stand outside. Two live bombs were detected and defused at the site," he said.

Two monks were injured when low-intensity serial blasts rocked the world famous Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya. The Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree, which are frequented by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, did not suffer any damage in the blasts which shook peace in the holy town.

Hours after the multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple complex in Bihar, the Centre directed all states to ensure fool-proof security at Buddhist shrines and Tibetan settlements in the wake of the continuing violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar.

In an advisory to all states with special emphasis on cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune, the Home Ministry said adequate security must be provided to Buddhist shrines, Buddhist places of worships and Tibetian settlements.

Citing recent intelligence inputs, the Ministry said radical terrorist groups were planning to target Buddhist installations, including Bodh Gaya, which was today rocked by serial blasts, injuring two monks.

This is perhaps the first time that the Centre has issued an advisory about possible violence in the wake of the clashes in Myanmar.

The Home Ministry advisory asked the states to gear up intelligence and security mechanism and personnel strength at police stations under whose jurisdiction there is a sizeable Buddhist population or Buddhist shrines are located.

According to the United Nations, nearly 250 people have been killed in Myanmar in religious violence over the past year and about 150,000 people have been displaced.

Meanwhile, officials sources said a security review meeting held in Bodh Gaya on July 2 between the monastry and the police had suggested several security measures and deployment of additional forces as security in the premises was found to be not adequate.

However, it is not immediately clear whether security was stepped up.

First Published: Sunday, July 07, 2013 04:10 PM
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