Bodh Gaya: At least two crude bombs were recovered from outside the Mahabodhi temple, a revered Buddhist shrine, in Bodh Gaya in Bihar on Friday night, leading to the security being beefed up in the area.
One of the suspicious object was spotted outside the emergency gate of the temple, news agency ANI reported.
As per a report, an explosion near one of the grounds at the complex on Friday prompted a search of the compound during which the two bombs were discovered. The temple, located on the spot where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, is situated nearly 100 km from state capital Patna.
Significantly, the incident comes amid The Dalai Lama’s visit to the state. The Tibetan spiritual leader is currently residing in the nearby Buddhist Monastery. He arrived in Bodh Gaya on January 1 and is likely to stay there for a month.
While the area near the temple has been barricaded, sources told Times Now that investigations in the matter would begin soon after special teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Delhi or Lucknow reach the spot.
On July 7, 2013, the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya was rocked by at least 10 bomb blasts soon after the morning prayers. A total of 13 bombs were planted, out of which 10 exploded. Three bombs were seized and defused.
In October 2017, the National Investigation Agency, probing the 2013 bombing case, said that the Juvenile Justice Board in Patna had found a juvenile guilty of conspiracy in the Patna and Bodhgaya serial bomb blasts in Bihar. The minor accused had been remanded to a special home for three years in each case.
On October 27, 2013, a series of bomb blasts occurred at the ‘Hunkar Rally’ venue at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan, which was addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party’s then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Six persons were killed and over 89 injured in the serial blasts.
Both terror cases were transferred to the National Investigation Agency for a probe.
The NIA arrested 11 accused in the Patna case and six in the Bodhgaya case.
(With Agency inputs)