Nitish reaches blasts site, PM slams 'intolerable' attacks

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Bodh Gaya (Bihar), July 7: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reached Mahabodhi temple here, which was hit by a series of blasts early on Sunday morning, around 11 am.

Earlier, Home Secretary Anil Goswami, who recently took over, said the temple structure wasn't damaged and that monasteries and the statue of Lord Buddha also escaped unhurt. He also confirmed that two people were injured in the terror attack.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack in and around the temple and said such attacks on religious places in a land of composite culture and traditions would not be tolerated. President Pranab Mukherjee also condemned the attacks.

Manmohan Singh

Bihar BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said intelligent inputs should not be taken lightly in such cases and alleged that there was security lapse even though there was a prior warning. He slammed the Nitish Kumar government for not acting on the warning.

Currently, the JD(U) is in government alone in Bihar after it terminated its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP last month.

A forensic team had reached the spot till the latest reports came in.

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