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Bodh Gaya: God, politics, people and nine blasts

Vishakha Saxena, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, July 07, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 09:28 IST(8/7/2013)

Bodh Gaya, one of the holiest Buddhist shrines of the world, was on Sunday rocked by nine serial bomb blasts that injured two monks.

The coordinated blasts that took place between 5:30am to 5:58am left everyone confused in the beginning.

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However, when the situation cleared and images and videos started pouring in from the scene, everyone expressed immense shock about a place symbolising peace being brutalised.

Everyone, however, heaved a sigh of relief when it was revealed that there wasn't much damage to the World heritage Site. Also, apart from the two monks with minor injuries no casualities were reported.

The Union home ministry issued an advisory to all states with special emphasis on eight of them in particular - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

Further, security provided to most major temples too was considerably increased.

A Buddhist monk at the shrine told IANS, it is "very unfortunate that security has to be beefed up in a religious place where actually there should be freedom".

Later, reports of Intelligence Bureau having already issued warnings about threat to the temple started trickling in and were solidified when Nitish Kumar admitted to foreknowledge of threats to the temple.

Where parties were already reacting strongly to the incident, the political flavour in their reactions increased much more after information about the IB alert.

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Attacks on religious places won't be tolerated: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 'strongly condemned' the attack and criticised such terror attacks on religious places. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.


Mahabodhi temple blasts 'senseless violence': President

Calling the attacks a 'senseless act of violence' President Pranab Mukherjee called out to people to maintain peace and calm. He also asked locals to cooperate with the authorities.

Nitish admits to lapse in query, condemns attack

Bihar's chief minister Nitish Kumar while addressing the press after the blasts admitted to lapse on the part of the state government in accounting for warnings issued by security agencies about threat to the temple. He condemned the blasts and sought CISF security for the temple.

Terrorism needs to be taken seriously: BJP

Senior BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad raised questions about the lack of steps taken to secure the temple premises, despite intelligence reports about a possible terror attack. He also urged those trying to 'control the IB for vote-bank' to introspect.

Read more: BJP also called for a 'Gaya Bandh' on Monday


Lalu Yadav targets Nitish, calls it a failure of state govt

The former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav not only condemned the brutualisation of the monument but also emphasised on the importance of the temple in Bihar. He also questioned the security arrangements in the temple.



Mahabodhi temple blast cowardly attack: Modi

Gujarat chief minister and BJP's poll campaign chief Narendra Modi termed the serial blasts as a cowardly act. He also added that the attacks were a matter of great sadness for the entire Buddhist community around the world.


Sushil Modi condemns blasts, flays govt

BJP leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Modi like all politicians condemned the blasts and expressed relief that the blasts didn't claim any lives.

BJP trying to communalise politics: Digvijaya Singh

After tweeting about how he condemned the blasts, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh attacked BJP for their comments on the attack and accused them of attempting to communalise politics and the issue as well.


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* Other political reactions:

Is violence part of plan to disturb states, asks Mamata

Sri Lanka President saddened by Bodh Gaya explosions: official

 

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Twitter reactions:

Read: Mahabodhi trends as Twiterati expresses anguish on #BodhGaya blasts

In a country where god holds the highest regard in the lives of most people, an attack on the house of god left people with anger and anxiety as well.



Video: 'No outfit has taken responsibility for Bodh Gaya blasts'


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