Bodh Gaya blasts plot was revealed last year: Report

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New Delhi, July 8: The central intelligence agencies have been left a disappointed lot to see that despite passing on specific inputs to the Bihar police, the latter could do little to prevent the terror attacks that rocked Bodg Gaya on early Sunday morning.

According to a report published in The New Indian Express on Monday, the Delhi police had arrested five terrorists after busting am Indian Mujahideen (IM) module in October last year. One of the arrested, Syed Maqbool, a man close to IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal, had reportedly said that there was a plot to attack the Mahabodhi temple. It was also said that the terror design had the backing of the the Bhatkal brothers.

Maqbool, an expert at making improvised explosive devices, had given specific information about the IM sleeper cells in states like Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the report said. Special cell authorities said a concrete and specific warning about a major attack in Bodh Gaya was given to the state police but yet the latter could not evade it.

The home ministry wasted no time in declaring the explosion as a terror attack although Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh said on Sunday that no terror outfit had claimed responsibility for the attack. He said investigation was on.

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