Bodh Gaya serial blasts: Nitish seeks CISF security for Mahabodhi temple

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that those responsible for Sunday’s serial blasts in and around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya won’t be spared.

Updated: Jul 08, 2013, 14:57 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that those responsible for Sunday’s serial blasts in and around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya won’t be spared.

Talking to the press, Kumar said, “This is the first incident of serial blasts in Bihar. All angles are being investigated. We shouldn`t speculate on who was responsible for the serial blast. Let the NIA complete its probe and then the culprit will be brought to justice.”

Speaking on the probe, Kumar said, “Investigations are on, the probe teams have yet not reached to any conclusion. We will study the CCTV footage to see how attackers sneaked in.”

The Chief Minister said that all such incidents must be taken seriously and lessons learnt.

“No one can assure foolproof security for any corner of the country”, he said.

Speaking about the security situation in and around the temple premises, Kumar said, “Not only the security outside the temple but also inside the premises is being taken over by the state police. We have also asked CISF to provide security for the Mahabodhi temple.”

The Bihar Janata Dal (U) leader said that till the CISF takes over the security of the Mahabodhi temple, the Bihar police will continue to protect the world famous religious site.
The Bihar CM also defended state government officials and said that the response to the incident was very less and that they reached the spot in quick time and relayed the information fast.

The Chief Minister further informed that his government is mulling the creation of an anti-terror squad in Bihar.

Kumar also told newsmen that after the NIA completes inspection of the blasts site, the Mahabodhi temple would be re-opened to public.

The Bihar leader also took the opportunity to launch an attack on former alliance partner, the BJP. He alleged that the BJP was in talks with RJD over seat sharing in Bihar.

He blamed the BJP for the split and said that it broke the basis of the agreement with the JD-U. “We stuck to our principles. BJP broke the basis of our agreement,” Nitish Kumar said.

The reaction from the Bihar CM came shortly after the NIA, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and forensic experts began their probe into the serial blasts at the Mahabodhi temple.

The CCTV footage of the serial blasts that rocked the temple town yesterday was also released by the investigators this morning. Based on their initial investigation, they suspect that the bombs were planted in the temple premises between 2am to 4am in cover of darkness.
The local police yesterday detained one person in connection with Sunday’s serial blasts at the Mahabodhi temple.

DIG, Magadh Range, Nayyer Hasnain Khan said an identity card was found within the temple premises yesterday on the basis of which the person was detained.

The NIA, Khan said, was interrogating him.

“One suspect hailing from Barachatti block in Gaya has been detained and we are questioning him. We have been analysing the footage and based on that some more people would be questioned soon," a senior Bihar police official said.

"All the CCTV cameras in the Mahabodhi temple premises were fully functional. As you must have seen in the CCTV footage, both state security personnel and temple`s own security personnel were present. I don`t think there was any lapse on security front," the official said.

Preliminary forensic analysis of the unexploded bombs recovered from the blast sites shows that the explosives used in the bombs were a mix of ammonium nitrate, sulphur and potassium.

The firm that made the clocks that were used as timer devices in the bombs has also been identified.