He said Bihar govt will bear expenses for CISF
press trust of india
Patna, 8 July
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today rejected the Opposition’s charges that his government had failed to act on alerts on the possible terror strike at Bodh Gaya temple and said it would make a formal request to the NIA to probe the serial blasts.
The state government would also propose to the Centre to ask the CISF to take over the security of the historic Mahabodhi shrine, he told reporters emerging from the ‘Janata Ke Darbar me Mukhya programme.
Mr Kumar trashed former ally BJP’s claim that the state government had become ‘weak’ after it left the coalition and so could not avert the Bodh Gaya blasts, while alleging that the saffron party had joined hands with the RJD in "desperation" for power.
“The government is not weak on any account,” the CM said.
“Both (the BJP and the RJD) have joined hands. The unity of the BJP and the RJD is visible. Our one step (parting ways from the BJP) has exposed everybody.
They can go to any extent in their desperation for power. The blasts in Mahabodhi temple is an occasion when there should not have been any divide. Everybody should face this challenge together.
“But what is happening? People are raising slogans when I am going to the temple? Who are these people? This is frustration borne out of losing power,” Mr Kumar told reporters here.
The National Investigating Agency team had visited the temple, declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 2002, after the explosions, the CM said.
Asked about allegations on the government’s “failure” to prevent the blasts despite intelligence alerts at the temple frequented by devotees from across the world, Mr Kumar said the the state acted to the best of its capacity on whatever information was provided to it. Principal Secretary, Home, Mr Amir Subhani said a formal proposal for the CISF security would be sent to the Centre today itself.
State Police chief Abhyanand, who was present at the Press conference along with Mr Subhani, said evidence of one more explosion has come to light taking the total number of blasts to 10. Mr Kumar said the Bihar government would bear the expense of the CISF for providing security to Bodh Gaya temple.
He said till the CISF takes over security, the state government would provide security even inside the premises of the temple.
So far, the security outside the temple was the responsibility of the state police, while that from the main gate to inside the temple was in the hands of private guards recruited by the BTMC.
He did not reply to a volley of questions on the explosives used, the motive and those behind it.