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Bodh Gaya serial blasts: BJP calls 'Gaya bandh' on Monday

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Patna, July 07, 2013
First Published: 17:16 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:18 IST(7/7/2013)

The BJP, chief minister Nitish Kumar's coalition partner turned foe, has called for 'Gaya bandh' on Monday, in protest against the serial blasts in the Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya early on Sunday.

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The bandh call was given by former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, soon after he visited the Mahabodhi temple complex where four of the nine blasts took place.

The bandh call was endorsed independently in Patna by Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey, who described the blasts as the outcome of a serious security lapse.

"Considering the central intelligence agencies had sent out advance warning about the likelihood of terror attack, the state government must answer for the blasts," Modi told reporters outside the temple complex.

The former deputy CM said NIA teams had been visiting Bihar in search of terror suspects, the last such trip having taken place just 15 days ago. "Yet, not enough security measures were put in place to prevent the blasts", he stated.

In a reference to the controversy over JD (U)'s statements over the Ishrat Jahan 'encounter' case, Modi said the ruling party in Bihar ought to "shun the politics of glorifying terrorists", who had no religion.


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