1. Bodh Gaya temple re-opens for public

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    A Buddhist priest carries holy water and honey to perform prayers at Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodh Gaya on Monday, a day after serial blasts rocked the temple. PTI

    A Buddhist priest carries holy water and honey to perform prayers at Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodh Gaya on Monday, a day after serial blasts rocked the temple. PTI

    Bodh Gaya,  July 8, 2013

    The revered Mahabodhi temple here was re-opened for devotees on Monday evening, 36 hours after a string of bombings hit the complex.

    Gaya District Magistrate D. Balamurugan told the media here that the temple, shut for outsiders after the terrorist attack, was reopened to the public with special prayers by Buddhist monks.

    “Hundreds of Buddhist monks and others took out a peace march that culminated at the main gate of the temple, where they prayed for peace, to mark the re-opening of the temple,” he said.

    Mr. Balamurugan said regular prayers were continuing in the temple.

    “The prayers were not discontinued after the serial blasts. Only the public was not allowed entry in view of investigation,” he said.

    Deputy Inspector General of Police (Magadh range) N.H. Khan said that with the temple re-opened, security was stepped up in and around it. “More security force with high tech equipment will be deployed for round the clock vigilance of the temple,” he said.

    The Bodh Gaya temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located where Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. It is visited by millions from across the world.

    A string of explosions — there are varying accounts on the number — took place in the temple complex on Sunday, injuring two monks but not causing much damage to the structure.

  2. Bodh Gaya serial blasts: ‘3-4 terrorists must have planted bombs in Bodh Gaya’

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    A shocked young Buddhist monk at Tergar Monastery, following the multiple blasts in the Mahabodhi Temple campus, Bodh Gaya, on Sunday. Nine serial explosions rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya. Photo: PTI

     

    PTI, July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Investigators probing the multiple blasts in Bodhgaya temple believe that at least three to four terrorists visited the complex to plant the 13 bombs as each explosive might have weighed four to five kg with cylinder.

    Official sources said the investigators were 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 not so much of helpful to identify the persons.

    “At least three to four people must have carried the bombs. But so far, their pictures are not visible in the CCTV footage. The task of scanning the footage is continuing,” a source said.

    Bodh Gaya serial blasts: `3-4 terrorists must have planted bombs in Bodh Gaya`

    Sources said since the bombs were exploded in the early morning when there were few pilgrims, the perpetrators might have wanted to convey the message that they can carry out a bigger attack whenever they want and elaborately.

    Security personnel use a sniffer dog to near the Bodhi tree, in Bodh Gaya. The Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree did not suffer any damage. Photo: PTI

    Security personnel use a sniffer dog to near the Bodhi tree, in Bodh Gaya. The Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree did not suffer any damage. Photo: PTI

    Since Bodhgaya is frequented by around 3,000 foreign visitors and a few hundred Indians every day, it was extremely difficult for the security agencies to monitor movement of outsiders in the town.

    Bodh Gaya serial blasts: `3-4 terrorists must have planted bombs in Bodh Gaya`
    The security plan being drawn out by the authorities after the July 2 meeting with monastery is yet to be fully implemented and private security personnel continue to guard the historic site.

    Use of cylinder technology in triggering blasts seems to be a new practice in India, sources said, adding each of the bombs used yesterday may have weighed 4-5 kg with cylinder.

    Blood stains seen on the Mahabodhi Temple premises. Two monks were injured in the incident. PTI

    Blood stains seen on the Mahabodhi Temple premises. Two monks were injured in the incident. PTI

    They said the National Investigation Agency has not yet taken over the case but helping Bihar Police in its probe.

    The Home Ministry has not received any formal request from the Bihar government on CISF personnel providing security.

    “When we receive the request, the Home Ministry will certainly consider it,” the source said, adding no religious place is so far guarded by CISF but CRPF mans few religious sites.


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