NIA releases sketches,video clip of Bodhgaya blast suspect

No electronic trail found so far,temple ends service of private security firm

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: July 17, 2013 1:35 am

The NIA on Tuesday released two sketches of a suspect in the July 7 Bodhgaya serial blasts case. The sketches were prepared with the help of four witnesses who claimed that they had seen him between 4.30 am to 5.30 am inside Mahabodhi temple,hours before the incident. To prepare the sketches,the images from CCTV cameras were shown to eyewitnesses who identified the locals. But one person whose image was released could not be identified.

The NIA also released a video clip showing a suspiciously moving suspect. The footage shows the suspect,in monastic robes,just an hour before the blast. The agency is using forensic methods to enhance the images. They however suspect that around six persons might have participated in the attack.

The NIA has not yet been able to find any electronic trail of suspects. There is still no clue on whether they used a mobile phone or an ATM card. Fingerprints on live bombs were not clear thanks to “multi-handling”. A Lotus company watch of Rajkot make is one of the key evidences found so far.

Meanwhile,the Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) has terminated the services of private security firm,Cobra Sentinel Private Limited,that was incharge of the temple’s security.

Though there was a pact between BTMC and the firm to provide 24-hour security,the firm provided security only in two shifts from 5 am to 9 pm. The BTMC that has 23 guards is now hard-pressed to explain to the NIA as to who was responsible for the temple security between 9 pm and 5 am.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had said the government had asked the BTMC to handover the temple security to the state. “There have been lapses resulting in planting of bombs. I believe NIA will look into these lapses,” Nitish said. Now Home Guards keep watch inside the temple and the external security has been handed over to the Bihar Military Police.

With inputs from ENS Delhi

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