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NIA team reaches Bodh Gaya, begins probe

IANS  Patna, July 07, 2013
First Published: 20:01 IST(7/7/2013) | Last Updated: 20:05 IST(7/7/2013)

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Sunday evening began its probe into the serial blasts in the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town, police officials said.


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"A NIA team led by an IPS officer Vikas Vaibhav began probe into the serial blasts in Bodh Gaya soon after they arrived," said an official at police headquarters in Patna.

According to police officials in Gaya, the NIA team was expected by the afternoon but their arrival was delayed due to bad weather.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who inspected the site soon after the blasts, had announced that the NIA would conduct a probe into the serial blasts in the temple.

Meanwhile, some Buddhist monks offered prayers amid chanting of holy scriptures at Mahabodhi temple on Sunday evening.

"Only Buddhist monks were allowed in to offer prayers in the temple as usual. The government has decided not to discontinue the regular prayers and worship by monks in the temple," Bihar police chief Abhayanand.

The temple would, however, open Monday as usual for pilgrims and tourists after the NIA team completes the process of collecting evidence from the site.

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