Gaya/Patna/New Delhi: Two days after a series of blasts rocked the holy shrine in Bodh Gaya, the Bihar Police is still nowhere near finding any lead in the terror attack. However, the state police have released CCTV footage in this regard but no major breakthrough in the case is evident so far. As per sources, if the Bihar Police fail to come up with credible leads in the case, the investigation is likely to be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).


Meanwhile, investigators on Monday groped for definite leads from the CCTV footage of the serial explosions in and around Buddhism's holiest shrine even as they detained a man in connection with the terror attack. Official sources said the investigators are scanning the footage of CCTV installed in the complex to locate those who were carrying the bombs -- possibly in bags or cartons – but the quality of pictures were believed to be of not much help to identify the attackers.

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Bihar Director General of Police Abhyanand said a person identified as Binod Kumar of Barachatti in Gaya district has been detained and questioned on the basis of a voter Identity card in his name which was found during searches inside the temple after the explosions. Police, however, said Kumar's role in the attack, if any, has not been ascertained yet.  Investigators believe at least three to four people may have visited the site of the blasts to plant the 13 bombs as each of the explosives might have weighed four to five kg with a cylinder. Abhyanand told newsmen in Patna that lab tests have so far confirmed the presence of ammonium nitrate in the crude low intensity bombs but there were no trace of TNT or other explosive material. Papers containing the name of the location where each of the bombs had to be planted were found pasted on each explosive, he said. "The name of the location is written in English and some words in Urdu," he added.

Bodh Gaya Blasts (in pics)

As a team of investigators from NIA, NSG and other agencies searched for clues in the multiple blasts, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said a proposal will be made to the Centre to ask CISF to take over the security of the shrine which was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2002.
A team of the National Security Guard (NSG), which picked up samples from the area, has sent a preliminary report to the Union Home Ministry, saying the low-intensity bombs worked like improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and were triggered through analog clock timers. The bombs contained a mix of ammonium nitrate and sulphur and were neatly packed in small cylinders, the report said.

Amid the reports that the attack was a reaction of alleged violence against Muslims in Myanmar, India on Monday raised the issue with the neighbouring nation.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, who is currently in Myanmar for bilateral Foreign Office consultations, on Monday called on Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and discussed the blasts which were condemned by the Myanmarese leaders, official sources said.

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Mathai told the leaders that India will share the outcome of the investigation into the blasts even as the two countries stressed on the need for greater cooperation in the field of security, they said.
Suu Kyi expressed unhappiness and shock over the attack with Mathai assuring that India will do everything possible to keep Bodh Gaya a place of peace and pilgrimage. Mathai informed the leaders that the injured pilgrim was not in danger and was being taken care of.


Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said as many as 13 bombs were planted of which ten had exploded and three live bombs defused. On Sunday, it was stated that nine explosions rocked the area.


The Bodh Gaya temple, rocked by series of explosions early morning on Sunday leaving two monks injured,was opened for public on Monday with thousands of people standing in queue.
"The visitors are allowed to enter the temple after thorough search by Bihar police and temple management committee security staff," Arvind Singh, member of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC), said.
Thousands of people thronged to the temple immediately after the gate opened at 6 PM, he said.


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