The serial bomb blasts in Bodh Gaya came days after the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had alerted the Bihar police that two terrorists had entered the state to carry out attacks in Patna and other places.
A policeman stands by as a man speaks on the phone at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex after 9 low-intensity blasts took place injuring two people. AFP
An official in the police department said the IB had warned the state about entry of two brothers, Sarful Rahman and Sahidur Rahman, in Bihar in early June. While both Sarful and Sahidur are originally from Bihar, they had shifted base to Scotland and Saudi Arabia respectively.
On June 21, Patna SSP Manu Maharaj had sent a message to all DSPs and SHOs of the district to stay extra vigilant. “We are on a high alert and all efforts are being made to nab the terrorists,” Maharaj had said at the time.
An alert was also sounded by the state police headquarters regarding the security of religious shrines and other important sites across Bihar then.
Officials with knowledge of the alert said inputs about terror threats to the Mahabodhi temple, Vishnupad temple at Gaya and other religious shrines were being received continuously from the IB and other agencies.
In the past, interrogation of arrested terrorists by security agencies had revealed that the Mahabodhi temple was among the important terror targets in India.