With the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar accepting that the state had received terror attack warnings from the central agencies, it has now emerged that the state police had also reviewed the security of the Bodh Gaya complex last Wednesday.
Magadh range DIG, Nayyar Hasnain Khan, had reviewed the security at the Mahabodhi temple complex along with the members of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee. He had suggested a range of preventive measures after the review.
He had asked the committee to ensure that the guards within the complex, hired by them, should be trained to use metal detectors. He had also said that the committee should provide them details of groups staying in the monasteries or visiting them. Locals working in the monasteries were also asked to provide identity proofs.
The local police was instructed to intensify patrolling in the peripheral areas of the town and keep constant vigil on the movement of undesirable and anti-social elements. All hotel and guest house owners were asked to provide details of foreigners staying with them.
Earlier, security was beefed up around the Mahabodhi and Vishnupad temples with trained commandos, district armed police, mahila battalion, bomb disposal squad and dog squad being deployed. Various security drills were also carried out in Bodh Gaya. However, these measures failed to avert the bombings.
These steps were taken in the wake of continuous and specific terror alerts being sent by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the Bihar government. IB had alerted the authorities about the entry of two brothers, Sarful Rahman and Sahidur Rahman, in Bihar in June.
Earlier also, the Delhi police had alerted Bihar about the threat to Bodh Gaya based on interrogation of arrested terrorists.