Bodh Gaya on high alert after recovery of bombs

Security beefed up after bombs found near Mahabodhi temple

Security beefed up after bombs found near Mahabodhi temple

Last night, a low-intensity bomb explosion was heard from the pilgrimage centre and two live bombs were detected amid stringent security measures in view of the Dalai Lama's stay.

Gaya Senior Superintendent of police Garima Mallik has confirmed to local media that two bombs were found at the gate number 4 of the Bodh Gaya temple on Friday evening and a "massive search operation is going on at the place".

The officers found a burst thermos flask in the kitchen which led to the small explosion causing panic among the devotees.

"A team of National Investigation Agency, which arrived yesterday, has begun its probe along with the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Bihar police".

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"The explosive materials were found in the vicinity of the Kalachakra ground near the temple and kept far away from the temple", Inspector General of Police, Patna Zone, N.H. Khan said.

A 28-year-old man died after he was allegedly pushed from the first floor of a three-storied building at Nagendra Block in Girinagar by a ground floor resident after an altercation on Friday night, police said.

"CCTV footages are being examined by forensic experts". Bihar's Governor Satya Pal Malik was also present at the Bodh Gaya temple for the month-long Kalchakra puja of Buddhist pilgrims when the Police confirmed of finding two cane bombs at the pilgrimage. "The two suspected explosive devices have been taken to a secluded spot where they could be defused safely". Sources said that they are trying to trace Rohingyas living in the state. Security for the Dalai Lama, who is staying in the Tibetan temple till February 2, has also been heightened.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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