A juvenile has been sentenced to three years in a remand home by a Juvenile Justice Board after being held guilty of his involvement in multiple blasts in Bodh Gaya and Patna in 2013, reported The Indian Express. The juvenile carried out multiple explosions at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on October 27, 2013 during the Hunkar rally of the then prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
According to The Times of India, the juvenile; 19-year-old Taufique Ansari; was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from his residence near Ranchi in Jharkhand. “He has already served three years at Patna City remand home, but will remain in custody as total imprisonment is of six years”, NIA public prosecutor Lallan Prasad Sinha told The Times of India.
Taufique has been identified as a SIMI hardliner and was held under IPC sections on the charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and waging or attempting to wage war, as per The Times of India report. Meanwhile, 11 accused have been arrested so far in the Patna blast case whereas 6 have been held for the Bodh Gaya explosions. The blasts in Patna killed 6 people and injured 89, according to The The Times of India. The Mahabodhi Temple Complex was rocked by multiple explosions before the morning prayers. 13 bombs were planted, out of which 10 exploded. However, no one was killed at the Bodh Gaya Temple.