Bodh Gaya: As the anti-terror agency NIA commenced its probe into the serial blasts that rocked the revered Mahabodhi temple on Sunday, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday did not rule out the involvement of three to four persons in the terror attack.
Shinde, who visited the bomb blast sites along with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Ambika Soni, said a detailed probe was being carried out by the premier investigating agency. "We condemn the bomb blasts in Lord Buddha's holy land. Such blasts in the peaceful land of Bodh Gaya are a matter of serious concern.”

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“We have put in two big teams for investigation. It is the top investigating agency on par with the CBI. It is particularly looking into the problem of terrorists. We have started investigations and questioning a number of people," Shinde told reporters after visiting the site.
He said the Centre had entrusted complete investigations to the NIA after the request of Bihar government in this regard. "We have visited all the places. 10 out of 13 bombs went off...Small gas cylinders of two to three kilos and nails and ball-bearings were filled and connected with detonators and a watch was kept. All this happened between 5 to 6 am. They must have kept (bombs) at night. "We are conducting complete investigations. Three-four people may be involved...with a car. We are conducting detailed investigations," the Home Minister said.

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Asked why no arrests have been made in the case, he said, "Arresting anyone in a hurry is not right. Investigations should go into detail and then catch the real culprits."
On the failure of intelligence despite information, he said Delhi Police had handed over information to them in October and on July 3 a DIG had conducted a review of the security with the local administration. "Information was received and we are holding detailed investigation. I have asked details about the information received," he said.
Asked about the involvement of Naxals in the Gaya blasts, he said, "There are so many complex problems. Infiltration from other countries is there, naxalites are there, local communal disturbances are there. We have to see all angles."

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Meanwhile, the Home Minister said that the Centre will examine the issue of handing over security of religious places like Bodh Gaya to CISF.
"There are also requests for CISF cover for the Shirdi Sai Temple and the Jama Masjid. We will examine and take a call on the issue," he said.
He, however, appeared to suggest that it was difficult to fulfill the demand for all religious structures, saying that "many complexes are vulnerable".
Protests over visit

Earlier, a group of people protested against the visit of the Congress president and the Union Home Minister outside the
Mahabodhi Temple gate. The protesters raised slogans against them for visiting the temple town three days after the blasts.
Gandhi and others also visited the hospital where the two monks injured in the blasts are being treated.
Review Meeting

The Union Minister and the Congress president later held a review meeting with Home Secretary Anil Goswami, CISF Spl. DG Arun Chaddha, NIA DG N R Wasan, Bihar DGP Abhayanand and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s representative Bijrendra Prasad Yadav, who is the Energy and Parliamentary Affairs minister in the JD-U government.



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