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Mahabodhi private security under scanner: Nitish

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patna, July 11, 2013
First Published: 13:31 IST(11/7/2013) | Last Updated: 13:34 IST(11/7/2013)

The role of private security guards deployed at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya is under NIA scrutiny in connection with Sunday’s serial blasts, chief minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna on Thursday.

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“LPG cylinders were used in the blasts inside the temple complex. Were they brought inside to cook food?” a laconic Kumar said when asked if police lapses had led to the serial blasts.

Bodh Gaya was rocked by serial blasts early morning on Sunday in which two monks were injured. Four of the 10 blasts took place inside the temple complex.

He was trying to emphasise the point that the temple management had engaged a private security agency (Cobra) for temple security and the police only provided “cover” to the agency, from outside the complex.

“Any lapse in the security should be accepted by all concerned and comprehensive measures should be taken to remedy the shortcomings,” he added.

Despite the reservations expressed by the Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde about Bihar’s formal request seeking deployment of CISF at the temple, Kumar reiterated the demand.

“The Mahabodhi temple is different from other religious shrines as it attracts a lot of Buddhist pilgrims from across the world. As such, the centre should consider its case on a stand-alone basis”, he argued.

Kumar welcomed Wednesday’s Supreme Court order that would lead to disqualification of MPs and legislators from their elected positions as soon as they were convicted in any case, allowing for imprisonment of two years or more.

“The verdict is good for the health of the country’s body politic,” the chief minister said. He demanded steps for early enforcement of the apex court order.


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