Two crude bombs were recovered near the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya district where the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and a host of foreign Buddhist pilgrims, are camping.  

The bombs were detected during a search of the temple, 100 km from state capital Patna following an explosion near one of the grounds at the complex. “The bombs were found on Friday night”, police said.  

A team from the National Investigation Team (NIA) have reached Bodh Gaya on Saturday, to which the police officials said, “A team of NIA have reached Bodh Gaya and visited the Mahabodhi temple to probe the incident along with the forensic team from Patna are also present in Bodh Gaya to investigate the matter”.  

“The CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and the SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) experts are at work to defuse the bombs. “We are yet to ascertain other details on the explosives found,” said deputy inspector general of Magadh range Vinay Kumar, confirming the discovery of the two live bombs.

Inspector General of Police, Patna Zone, N. H. Khan stated, “The bombs were found from the vicinity of the Kalchakra ground by a police team after a small explosion took place”.  

A statement by the National Investigation Agency Information said, “A blast had occurred opposite the Kalchakra ground at 4.45pm on Friday in a flask kept under a generator at a tea shop/kitchen”. 

Khan then said, “Three suspected persons have been found roaming in Bodh Gaya. Police will identify them soon”. 

“We have given all the information to the NIA team. And if they require more information, the state police will provide it,” a senior police officer camping in Bodh Gaya said.  

Security of foreign monasteries and other sensitive places has also been beefed up and additional security forces have been added.