statesman news service
Patna, 16 July
The National Investigating Agency, struggling to get any breakthrough in the Bodh Gaya serial blasts case, today released two sketches of a suspected terrorist on the basis of CCTV footage and eyewitness account.
The suspect, a bald man, is claimed to have been seen making rounds of the Mahabodhi temple complex and quietly leaving the place shortly before the blasts had taken place. The agency has also announced to suitably reward the informer and keep his identity confidential.
In one of the sketches released today, the suspect dressed like a Buddhist monk is seen wearing a mask while in another one, his face is bare. The NIA has also released a video footage in which the suspect is seen moving in a monk attire inside the temple complex during the wee hours (around 3.30 a.m. to 4.30 a.m.). However, his face is not clear in the video probably due to insufficient lighting.
“Two sketches (with and without mask) of the suspect who was wearing the dress of a Buddhist monk, have been developed with the leads available and are being shared with the public for wide publicity and for assistance to the ongoing investigation,” said the NIA, while releasing sketches on its official website today.
It adds that the video clips have been merged to form one single clip, which is also being shared for wide publicity and assistance.
Initially, the NIA had suspected Maoist involvement in the attack but the latter denied any involvement, saying they had never targeted religious centres in the past and did not believe in doing so.