NIA re­cov­ers live bomb in Bodh Gaya

Ex­plo­sive re­cov­ered from site of Jan­uary 2018 blast

The Asian Age - - Nation - NAYEAR AZAD

Alert has been sounded in Bodh Gaya af­ter NIA on Satur­day found a bomb planted in the toi­let near the Kalachakra ground.

This is the same site where the se­rial blast had oc­curred in Jan­uary 2018. The po­lice said that the NIA launched a mas­sive search oper­a­tion around the area af­ter one of the blasts ac­cused Di­lawar Hus­sain dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion dis­closed the lo­ca­tion of the bomb.

“A live bomb has been re­cov­ered and any­thing more re­gard­ing the is­sue can be said only af­ter proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion”, po­lice told re­porters in Bodh Gaya on Satur­day.

Sources claim that the se­cu­rity agency is also try­ing to find whether the bomb re­cov­ered on Satur­day was the same which was planted by ter­ror­ists in Jan­uary this year. A low- in­ten­sity ex­plo­sion had oc­curred in Jan­uary 2018 when Ti­betan Spir­i­tual leader Dalai Lama was also present in Bodh Gaya for Kalachakra puja.

The re­cov­ery of a bomb from the tem­ple area has once again raised ques­tions on the de­ploy­ment of se­cu­rity forces. Ma­ha­bodhi tem­ple had been the tar­get of ter­ror groups ear­lier.

In 2013, a se­rial bomb blast in Bodh Gaya had in­jured at least six per­sons in­clud­ing two Bud­dhist monks. The NIA which in­ves­ti­gated the bomb­ings had fund the in­volve­ment of banned ter­ror out­fit SIMI.

Sources claim that dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, one of the ter­ror­ists had re­vealed that se­rial blast was car­ried out to avenge the killing of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar.

◗ In 2013, a se­rial bomb blast in Bodh Gaya had in­jured at least six per­sons in­clud­ing two Bud­dhist monks

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