Gaya:  The CCTV footage of Mahabodhi temple serials blasts were released on Monday in which people were seen running helter-skelter to save their lives.
    
The police and members of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) released the footage which captured the sound of the second blast in Ratnagiri temple located barely 50 meters away from the Mahabodhi temple.

Bodh Gaya Blasts (in pics)

Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has detained one person in this regard. "One suspect hailing from Barachatti block in Gaya has been detained and we are questioning him. We have been analyzing the footage and based on that some more people would be questioned soon," a senior police official said.

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In the CCTV footage of the blast that took place on the left side of Mahabodhi tree in the temple premises at 5.25 am on Sunday, a boy and a girl, aged about 25 years, were seen walking on the road immediately before the blast. Taken by surprise at the sound of explosion, the duo were seen stopping for a while to find out as to what happened before fleeing from the spot to save themselves.

The footage also showed another man, aged about 30 years, walking inside the Mahabodhi temple and going towards the stop before making a quick exit. The smoke billowing from the blast was also captured in the footage which showed over 100 people standing inside the temple at the time of occurrence of the blast.

In the third footage of the blast at Taradevi temple, thick smoke was seen billowing out after explosion and scores of people running away for safety. BTMC office bearer Arvind Singh, who was present during the release of CCTV footage, said that the footage was released to prove that there was no lapse on the part of the temple committee to maintain security at the Buddhist shrine and adjoining areas as has been proved by the fact that 15 out of 16 CCTV cameras were functional and only one being out of order.

A terror attack had rocked the Bodh Gaya temple town on Sunday morning with as many as nine blasts taking place in a span of half an hour. Two monks sustained injuries in the serial blasts.

Bombs had ammonium nitrate, timers: Report

The bombs that targeted the Mahabodhi Temple complex had a mix of ammonium nitrate and sulphur and were neatly packed in small cylinders, a preliminary report has said.

A team of the National Security Guard (NSG), which picked up samples from the area, has sent a 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 NSG post-blast analysis also said that some splinters were put in the ammonium nitrate, sulphur and potassium emulsion for causing damage in various locations in the temple complex. The explosives were packed and kept in small cylinders which are used for commercial purposes.

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