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Bodhgaya serial blasts aimed to create fear,not kill people,say police

The timing of the blasts as well as the placement of the IEDs have confused the security agencies.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi |
July 10, 2013 4:17:04 am

Of the 13 IEDs planted at the Mahabodhi temple complex,only one was of high intensity,said a senior official. The timing of the blasts as well as the placement of the IEDs have confused the security agencies,as two bombs were placed on a platform as high as 16 feet,which could not have injured anyone and the most powerful one was placed below an ambulance,near its fuel tank,which,too,could not have caused much damage.

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“They wanted to mark their presence. They wanted to create sensation and instil fear. We do not know which group is this,but they wanted to send out a message — we are here,” said S K Bhardwaj,ADG (law and order),Bihar Police.

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A senior NSG officer said that they were waiting for a detailed forensic analysis to find out the time when the bombs could have been assembled. “It is difficult to establish the exact time when the bombs were assembled,but the timers were set a few hours ago,” said a senior official. Investigators are also examining writings on mini gas cylinders,which described location of the IEDs.

“The most powerful IED was placed below the ambulance. It had around 1 kg of ammonium nitrate and lot of shrapnel. It was strategically placed near the fuel tank,but failed to hit it. However,the deep ghar,adjacent to where the ambulance was parked,was completely damaged,” said an official.

Another officer said that the bombs were timed to go around 5.30 am when there is minimal presence in the temple complex. “If the idea was to kill people,they should have placed it at crowded places and around a time when the temple is teeming with people. Not many tourists visit Bodhgaya during this time of the year. If the idea was to kill,this was the most unlikely time to strike,” said another officer.

The bombers may have been aware of the placement of CCTV cameras and they may have placed the bombs during night. The security agencies ruled out the possibility of bombers setting early morning timing by mistake as all the bombs were timed to go one after the other.

Another possibility is that the unidentified group wanted to damage the idols. “It is a world heritage site and any mischievous activity is bound to attract international media attention,” said a officer.

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