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Bodh Gaya serial blasts: Monks of 50 nations hold special prayer at Mahabodhi Temple

Last Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 19:10

Zee Media Bureau

Bodh Gaya: A day after serial blasts rocked Bodh Gaya, a special prayer was held at the Mahabodhi Temple on Monday. Buddhist monks from 50 countries held the prayer inside Bodh Gaya temple for return of peace.

Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar and other countries participated in the one-hour prayer this evening, Arvind Singh, member of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) said.

Head of monasteries of different countries also attended the prayer.

Bodh Gaya has Buddhist monasteries of 50 countries.

Ten serial blasts had rocked the Bodh Gaya temple town yesterday with the world famous Mahabodhi Temple facing the brunt of the terror attack as four blasts took place in shrine premises.

As many as 13 bombs were planted inside the temple complex of which ten had exploded injuring two monks, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday.

Meanwhile, a person, identified as Binod Kumar of Barachatti in Gaya district has been detained today for interrogation in connection with the serial blasts.

Bihar Director General of Police Abhyanand said Kumar said that the man has been detained on the basis of a voter I card in his name which was found during search inside the temple after the explosions.

He told newsmen that lab tests have so far confirmed the presence of ammonium nitre in the crude low intensity bomb used in the blasts but there were no trace of TNT or other explosive material.

Papers containing the name of the location where it had to be planted was found pasted on each bomb. "The name of the location is written in English and some words in Urdu," he added.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 18:01

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