Bodh Gaya Bombs

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Police have arrested the alleged explosive supplier to Jammat-ul-Mujahideen, who planned an attack on the Dalai Lama during his visit to Bodh Gaya. (IANS photo)

KOLKATA — The alleged explosives supplier who provided the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit the materials used in the Bodh Gaya blasts during the Dalai Lama's visit in January, was arrested June 11 in West Bengal's Hoogly district, police said.

"Hajibulla, 57, a resident of Murshidabad district's Samsherganj, was arrested by the Special Task Force of Kolkata Police from Nadia's Bandel railway station on Monday morning. He was involved in supplying explosives to JMB members responsible for the Bodh Gaya blast in January," STF Deputy Commissioner Murlidhar Sharma told IANS.

"We have already arrested five people involved in the low-intensity explosion near the Mahabodhi temple targeting Dalai Lama. Hajibulla is the sixth person arrested in this case," the officer said.

"During investigation it was found that the terrorists planted three mines in the area, two of which did not go off. The Buddhist pilgrimage site was attacked to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar," he said.

However, he confirmed that the accused have no connection to the 2013 Bodh Gaya blast.

"Hajibulla has been remanded to police custody till June 24," he added.

The National Investigating Agency, which is primarily investigating the Bodh Gaya blast case, may also interrogate Hajibulla.

A low-intensity bomb exploded near Kalchakra Ground in Bodh Gaya Jan. 19 during a visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. A couple of crude bombs and large quantity of explosives were also recovered from the site.

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