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Rajnath, Jaitley visit Mahabodhi temple

July 09, 2013 12:14 IST

Two days after nine serial blasts rocked the Bodh Gaya temple town, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh and senior party leader Arun Jaitley visited the Mahabodhi temple on Tuesday.

The visit comes amidst the BJP leaders on Monday trained guns on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for failure to prevent the terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple.

"It is a serious issue that central agencies had warned about this attack and given specific inputs that Bodh Gaya would be attacked and still no proper arrangements were made (by the state government)," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, however, dismissed suggestions that there was any security lapse and said adequate precautionary measures were taken to beef up security at the Mahabodhi temple and surrounding areas in the wake of intelligence inputs.

Kumar also said that those responsible for the terror strike in the temple town of Bodh Gaya would not be spared.

"This is the first incident of serial blasts in Bihar. All angles are being investigated. We shouldn't speculate on who was responsible for the serial blasts. Let the NIA complete its probe and then the culprit will be brought to justice," he told the media here.

Kumar further informed that his government is mulling the creation of an anti-terror squad in Bihar.

The National Investigation Agency has begun probing the serial blasts, which rocked the temple town of Bodh Gaya on Sunday. Two monks were injured in the nine low intensity blasts.

Security agencies suspect that Indian Mujahideen may be behind Sunday's multiple blasts. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blasts.

The Home Ministry has directed all states to ensure foolproof security at Buddhist shrines and Tibetan settlements.

Additional Inputs: Agencies

M I Khan in Patna