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Nitish seeks CISF security for Mahabodhi temple

Jul 08, 2013 02:34 PM IST Politics Politics
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Patna: Condemning the terror attack that struck the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya on Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said his government has taken the incident "very seriously and will make sure that the culprit is brought to justice".

Kumar said though it was the first serial blast that took place in Bihar, the reaction time of the officials was not delayed. "Every official reached the blast site without any delay," he said.

Admitting that he had intelligence inputs on a probable terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple, the Janata Dal United leader said actions were taken by the concerned officers to increase the security of the site.

Kumar said he has sought CISF security for the Mahabodhi temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. "Until the CISF takes over the security of the temple, Bihar Police will protest it," he added. He further said that his government is planning to prepare an anti-terror squad in the state.

Terror struck the world renowned religious site of Bodh Gaya, Bihar in the early hours on Sunday as a series of explosions in and around the famous Mahabodhi temple left two monks injured.

The 1500-year-old temple, which is a UNESCO World heritage site, and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts which shook the holy town frequented by Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the whole of southeast Asia.

An NIA team, which left for Bodh Gaya on Sunday, is investigating the terror attack.

Meanwhile, the Bihar Police on Monday said that 10 blasts took place in the Mahabodhi temple premises on Sunday. Till Sunday, there were reports that nine explosions took place in and around the temple.

"Ammonium Nitrate was used in the blast, other materials yet to be confirmed," said Bihar DGP Abhayananda. He added that one person is being investigated in connection with the terror attack.

Abhayananda also rubbished reports that the Bihar Police has released sketches of the suspects. "We never released any sketch of suspects, if the NIA has done so then I do not have any information about it," he said.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde also confirmed that 10 blasts took place in the temple on Sunday and three live bombs were recovered later. "NSG and NIA teams reached the spot promptly on Sunday and investigations are on," he added.

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