Bodhgaya/Kolkata, July 8: Anwar Hussain Mallik, a Mujahideen member suspected to be involved in the serial bomb blast in Bodh Gaya in Bihar, was arrested from Nadia district of West Bengal. He had Rs 1.9 Lakh fake currency with him. Sources reveal that he had also supplied explosives for the 2010 Pune German Bakery blast that killed 17 people.
He was produced in court and remanded to 14 day police custody and will be questioned today, seeking leads for the incident. Meanwhile, two sketches of suspected perpetrators involved in the incident have been released by the police yesterday.
The first blast shook the peace of the Buddhist temple at around 5:30 am yesterday. And within the next half an hour, seven more low-intensity blasts took place. While four of them took off within the temple premises, the other two exploded in the nearby monastry.
As per experts, the damage was limited as this was a lean tourist month, barring two monks-one from Mayanmar and a pilgrim-who were injured. Unlike rising concerns over the safety of the Bodhi tree and the temple, authorities confirmed that both were safe.
The NIA and NSG are investigating the blast site for further clues.
Though the intensity of the blasts was not high, it has raised serious doubts over the security system of the country, yet again.
It was in the last week only that the premises of the temple were screened for possible attacks. Mock drills were also conducted and security was beefed up. However, temple workers charge that the security was concentrated in the peripheries of the temple premises only. The blasts were predictable as terror groups were threatening an attack on the Buddhist sites in India since 1 year.