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Bihar: Amid tight security for Dalai Lama, two bombs found in Bodh Gaya

A burst thermos flask was found in the kitchen, during the operations. This might have caused the sound, the IGP said.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Gaya [ Published on: January 20, 2018 10:58 IST ]
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At least two bombs were recovered from the Bodh Gaya pilgrimage centre late Friday night following a small explosion-like sound amid tight security arrangements for the Dalai Lama's stay. 

During an intensive combing operation by a police team led by DIG (Patna Range) Vinay Kumar, the two bombs were recovered, police said. 

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Patna Zone, N H Khan, said that the team carried out operations after a small explosion occurred in a kitchen set up at the Kaalchintan ground, which created panic among the devotees who had come to hear the Dalai Lama's discourse. 

A burst thermos flask was found in the kitchen, during the operations. This might have caused the sound, the IGP said.

The explosion had taken place shortly after the Dalai Lama had completed his discourse and retired for the day at the Tibetan monastery, he said. 

Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts from Patna has rushed for the site of the incident to ascertain the nature of the explosives found. 

The Tibetan spiritual leader, who arrived in Bodh Gaya on January 1, is likely to stay there for a month. 

In 2013, the Maha Bodhi temple was rocked by a series of explosions in which five people, including two monks were injured.

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