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Sonia Gandhi, Sushilkumar Shinde at Bodh Gaya blasts site

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 11:17

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: A day after the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar handed over the Bodh Gaya serial blasts case probe to the NIA, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde arrived at the blasts site on Wednesday.

According to reports, both Shinde and Sonia will be given the first-hand information about the serial bomb explosions and the progress made so far by the agencies probing the case.

Shinde, is accompanied by top officials of his ministry, will also meet officials of investigating agencies during his visit to Bodh Gaya, a top police official had said earlier.

This is the first visit by any Union Minister to the revered Mahabodhi Temple - the holy Buddhist shrine - which was targeted by a series of explosions on Sunday.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, along with senior party leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad, had visited Bodh Gaya Tuesday.
In the wee hours on Sunday, a series of synchronised blasts took place in the different parts of the temple. Two monks were injured in the incident. Forensic experts and local investigators later found three unexploded bombs from the blasts sites, one even placed 20 feet high on a Buddha statue.

The NIA, which is now officially probing the case, had detained three men and a woman, who were questioned for their suspicious movement.

As per reports, the four had checked in a hotel, close to the Mahabodhi temple at 4 am and checked out at 6:30 am on Sunday.
The blasts at the Mahabodhi temple took place around 5.30 am on Sunday. The hotel later shared the identities of the four people with the investigators.

However, all four have now been allowed to go home after preliminary investigation.

The Bodh Gaya temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is where the Buddha, who was born in neighbouring Nepal, attained enlightenment around 2,500 years ago.

With IANS inputs

First Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:47
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