Two bombs were discovered at the Bodh Gaya pilgrimage centre in Bihar on Friday night, hours after the Dalai Lama finished his talk and had dispersed for the day. The incident took place at the Kalachakra ground where the spiritual leader was holding his talk during the day. The bombs were found during a search operation after an explosive-like sound was heard in the kitchen at the ground. According to the DIG of Patna, Vinay Kumar and the Inspector General of Police, N H Khan, the bombs were found during an intensive search carried out at the ground. The officials said that a search operation was executed after the sound of a minor explosion spread panic among the devotees of the Dalai Lama who had gathered at the ground to attend the leader’s talk.
The explosion occurred soon after the leader had completed his talk and retired for the day. The IGP, N H Khan, told PTI that a burst thermos flask was dispatched from the kitchen at the complex during the operation. According to him, that could have been the reason behind the explosive-like sound. The flask was later sent for a forensic examination to determine the nature of the explosion. A suspicious object was also found at one of the emergency gates of the Maha Bodhi temple on Friday night. Two NIA teams would probe into the incident and would release their report soon.
The Dalai Lama had arrived in Bodh Gaya on January 1 and is expected to stay at the Buddhist Monastery for a month. During his course in Bihar, the Tibetian spiritual leader would be delivering discourses at the pilgrimage centre. A number of VIPs including Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and also Hollywood actor Richard Gere attended the leader’s talk at Bodh Gaya recently and received blessings from the Buddhist monk.
This is not the first time that the pilgrimage centre of the Dalai Lama has seen an explosion. In 2013, the Maha Bodhi temple, where Lord Buddha is said to have attained his enlightenment, was rocked by a series of at least 10 bomb blasts. The blasts took place soon after the morning prayers were finished. According to Times Now, out of the 13 bombs planted, only three of them were seized and diffused while the rest had exploded. The explosion resulted in the injury of five people, including two monks.