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Live: Held terrorists had revealed plans to bomb Bodh Gaya

Source : AGENCIES
Last Updated: Sun, Jul 07, 2013 11:07 hrs

4.30 pm:

Two monks injured in serial blasts out of danger

The two Buddhist monks from Tibet and Myanmar injured in serial blasts in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town this morning were undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Gaya and their condition was stated to be out of danger.

Tenzing Lama and Bala Sanga are admitted at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH) at Gaya and their condition is stable, hospital superintendent Sitaram Prasad said.



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4.00 pm:

Held terrorists had revealed plans to bomb Bodh Gaya

HT:
Buddhist pilgrimage site Bodh Gaya, which was rocked with serial blasts, was in the crosshairs of Pakistan based terrorists for very long.

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3.10 pm:

Mayawati takes veiled dig at Modi

In a veiled reference to reports that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi had rescued 15,000 Gujaratis from Uttarakhand, Mayawati today said BSP condemns a political party whose leader seeks to become a PM candidate but talks about saving people only from his own state.

"We strongly condemn the political party, whose leader stakes claim for the post of the PM, but talks about saving people only from Gujarat," she said.

The BSP supremo said from this, the personality of such a leader could be gauged.

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2.30 pm:

Centre issues advisory, mentions communal strife in Myanmar

TOI:
In what points to a preliminary assessment within the Central security establishment, the BodhGaya blasts may be linked to the ongoing communal strife in Myanmar.

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1.50 pm:

Modi condemns terror attack on Mahabodhi temple

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today condemned the terror attack on Mahabodhi temple in in Bihar's Bodh Gaya district.

"Cowardly attack on Mahabodhi Temple is a matter of great sadness for the people of India and the Buddhist community around the world," Modi wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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12.55 pm:

Security beefed up at Mahavir temple in Patna

Security was today beefed up at the Mahavir Temple near Patna railway junction in the wake of the serial blasts in Bodh Gaya.

Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Law and Order, S K Bharadwaj said a section of the police force was deployed at the temple.

Patna senior superintendent of police(SSP) Manu Maharaj told PTI that additional security, including anti-sabotage team was deployed at the temple and its surrounding areas.

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12.07 pm:

PTI:
President Pranab Mukherjee expresses anguish over Bodh Gaya blasts, terms it as senseless act of violence.

11.40 am:

BJP plays 'IB politics' over Bodh Gaya blasts

Condemning the serial blasts in Bodhgaya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that the Central government should have taken the intelligence reports about a possible terror attack seriously instead of indulging in appeasement and vote-bank politics.

"We condemn the incident. When there were intelligent inputs, they should be taken seriously. Stringent actions should be taken," BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

"If there were intelligence reports about a possible terror attack, then why was no action taken. Those who are trying to control the Intelligence Bureau for vote-bank should think about this," Prasad added.

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10.50 am:

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has arrived in Bodh Gaya with his team to assess the situation in the Mahabodhi temple complex where the serial blasts took place.


10.47 am:

Sri Lanka President saddened by Bodh Gaya explosions: official

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was today shocked and dismayed by the news of serial explosions in internationally renowned Mahabodhi temple in India, a place of religious significance for the Buddhists.

"President Rajapaksa was shocked and dismayed by the news," Presidential Media Coordinator Wijayananda Herath said.

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10.24 am:

BJP condemns Bodhgaya blasts, says terrorism needs to be taken seriously

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday condemned the serial blasts in Bodhgaya and asked the Central government to take the matter seriously and practise zero tolerance towards terrorism.

"If there were intelligence reports about a possible terror attack, then why was no action taken. Those who are trying to control the Intelligence Bureau for vote-bank should think about this," said BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad.

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10.01 am:

PTI:
Bodh Gaya blasts were a terror attack, says Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami.


9.45 am:

Three Indians on board crashed Asiana Airlines flight

Three Indians were on board the ill-fated Asiana Airlines flight which crashed landed at the San Francisco airport, killing two people and injuring more than 180, officials said today.

The tail ripped off the airplane as it was touching down on the San Francisco airport runway about 11:30 am local time yesterday after arriving from Seoul, Federal Aviation officials said.

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9.26 am:

More updates on the Bodhgaya blast

NDTV: NIA and NSG teams leave for Bodhgaya. There has been no damage to the temple complex. Of the two injured, one is a monk from Burma and another is a local pilgrim.

The number of injured could go up to five, though there is no independent confirmation of this report. 


9.00 am:

Ishrat killed for promotions?

HT:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the June 2004 fake encounter case is probing two possible motives behind the killing of the four deceased, including Mumbai’s Ishrat Jahan. The accused police officers may have craved for career-related benefits or the deceased may have witnessed a crime and were thus potential threats.

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8.24 am:

Eight blasts rock temple town Bodhgaya

PTI:
Eight blasts rock temple town Bodhgaya in Bihar early today, two monks injured.

While four serial blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex at about 5:40 AM, three blast took place at the Terega Monastery. The eight blast took place near the famous 80-foot statue of Lord Buddha.

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7.52 am:


Five blasts inside Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya district; two injured

NDTV:
Two people have been reportedly injured in a series of blasts in Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodhgaya district. The first blast took place at 5:15 am, followed by four more explosions inside the temple complex.

Another bomb was reportedly found near the temple, and was defused.

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7.30 am:

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