Blast at Mahabodhi Temple, alert in Patna


The World Heritage site of Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodhgaya came under terror attack in the early morning of July 7. The serial blast at various spot injured five people including two tourists. Low intensity time controlled devices went off between 5:30 AM and 6 AM at 9 different spots, some inside the complex and some outside it. Four blasts took place inside the shrine premises, while another three blast took place in the Tregar monastery premises. One blast each took place at the great Buddha statue and a bus parked on the Sujata bypass. One blast inside the premise has caused partial damage to the Buddha footprint under the enlightenment tree. The temple has been on terror attack radar, however the magnitude has surprised the authorities. National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has arrived in Bodhgaya for investigation. CM Nitish Kumar paid a visit to the temple with senior officials and took stock of the situation. This attack has sent a shock across the Nation and Buddhist countries. It is to be noted that 52 countries have established their monasteries at Bodhgaya.

Meanwhile, the repercussion of terror attack at Bodhgaya was felt in the capital, Patna and border areas as well. The security agencies has beefed up the security measures across the city and especially the vulnerable places. Places like Mahavir Mandir, which attract thousands of devotees every day, and is situated in crowded area of Patna Junction, is vulnerable to such kind of terror attacks. The unregulated traffic, the crowd and the mismanagement around the Junction area makes it quite susceptible to such attacks.The international border with Nepal was sealed after the attack and thorough vehicle checking has been instructed to the authorities.