Mahabodhi temple blasts: Terror warnings ignored? Delhi Police had alerted Bihar Police about possible Indian Mujahideen attack
New Delhi/Gaya: New Delhi: The Delhi Police had warned of a possible attack on Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya after busting an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) module in October last year. The information, according to officials, had been conveyed to the intelligence agencies as well as the Bihar Police.
While no group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack so far, Delhi Police officials will soon head to Bihar to share information about the alleged IM operatives who had earlier planned an attack on the Buddhist shrine.
In October, the Delhi Police had arrested four suspected IM operatives — Asad Khan, Imran Khan, Syed Feroz and Irfan Langde — in connection with the 2012 Pune serial blasts. During interrogation, they had allegedly named two other suspected IM operatives - Ahmed and Shakir - as well as a local contact, Raju Bhai. All three are still absconding. Following the arrests, the Delhi Police claimed that the particular IM module was planning to strike at Bodh Gaya.
"We shared the information with intelligence agencies and Bihar Police about a possible terror attack. They had plans to strike during the festival season then," said Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.
The suspected IM operatives had allegedly told the police that they had spent more than two weeks in Bihar doing a recce of the temple town.
The Delhi Police also claimed that Asad, Imran and Feroz were in touch with Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Fayaz Qagzi and also received orders from Riyaz Bhatkal, one of the alleged founding members of the IM.
Meanwhile, the Centre directed all states to ensure fool-proof security at Buddhist shrines and Tibetan settlements in the wake of the continuing violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar.
Citing recent intelligence inputs, the MHA said radical terrorist groups were planning to target Buddhist installations, including Bodh Gaya, which was today rocked by serial blasts. This is perhaps the first time that the Centre has issued an advisory about possible violence in the wake of the clashes in Myanmar.
The alert was sounded following \"confessions\" by IM suspects caught by the Delhi Police between August and October last year for their alleged involvement in the 2012 Pune blasts.