Will not allow a Bamiyan here, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 07 July 2013, 10:00 PM

"India is the land of Buddha. We will not allow a Bamiyan (in Afghanistan)) here," Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said after the Bodh Gaya blasts.

In her tweet, the BJP leader was referring to the Taliban militia destroying a large number of Buddhist relics including the famous statue of Budha hewn from the side of a mountain in Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2001 triggering worlwide outrage.

BJP attacked both the Centre as well Nitish Kumar government in Bihar over the Bodh Gaya serial blasts.

Party chief Rajnath Singh attacked the UPA saying the government does not have any comprehensive action plna to meet the challenge of internal and external security crisis.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said," it is 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)."

According to senior police officials here, Delhi Police had alerted its Bihar counterpart and intelligence agencies about Bodh Gaya temple being on the radar of terror outfits.

"The input was given on the basis of information we had obtained from a group of Indian Mujahiddin (IM) terrorist arrested in 2012 in the Pune blasts case," said a Delhi police official.

According to the police, IM operatives had told them that they were planning Pune-like blasts in Delhi and Bihar for which they had specifically spent around two weeks doing a recce of the temple town.

First Published: Sunday, July 07, 2013 09:59 PM
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