Two bombs found in Bodhgaya despite tight security for Dalai Lama

Elias Hubbard
Января 20, 2018

Dalai Lama arrived in Bodh Gaya on January 1 for a month's stay. Monk from across the world have also reached Bodh Gaya for attending the leader's sermon sessions.

Police denied media reports that claimed the bombs were found inside the revered Mahabodhi temple.

Security was beefed up in the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya in southern Bihar on Saturday after a low-intensity crude bomb exploded and two IEDs were recovered near the Kalchakra grounds on Friday night.

"Security was already tight in Bodh Gaya but it was further reinforced", he added. The National Investigation Agency said a team, along with bomb experts, began an investigation at the Bodh Gaya temple on Saturday, ANI reported.

A senior IPS officer on condition of anonymity, said that the NIA was roped in to probe involvement of terrorist in planting the IEDs as Bodh Gaya had already faced bombings in the past.

Vinay Kumar told The Indian Express that the two live bombs will be defused in Niranjana river after a National Investigation Agency team inspects it.

Significantly, in 2013, the Maha Bodhi temple, situated on the spot where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, was rocked by a series of explosions in which five people, including two monks were injured.

"Two suspected devices were recovered outside the Kalchakra grounds".

ADG (Headquarter) SK Singhal said federal agencies were roped in looking at possibility of terror attack.

"It is said that the blast happened in a flask kept under a generator at a tea shop/kitchen opposite the ground". However, Singhal did not cleared air that if explosives were stuffed inside the flask or it exploded due to some other reason.

Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts was dispatched to the site of the incident from Patna to ascertain the nature of the explosives found, he said.

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