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Inquiry reveals IM hand in blasts

Investigations have revealed that an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative, Hyder Ali, had planted bombs on the premises of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara on July 7 in which two Buddhist monks were wounded.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Saturday pasted two notices at Khiriawan village in Aurangabad. Ali, son of Mohammad Alam Ansari, is evading arrest in connection with serial blasts in Bodhgaya and Patna on July 7 and October 27, respectively.

The notices issued by a special NIA court in Patna ordered Ali to appear before it by January 9, 2014, failing which a property attachment order would be served on him. The notices were issued by district and sessions judge XI, Patna, who has been designated as the special judge of the NIA court in the state.

Ali, who carries a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, has been booked under sections 302, 307, 324, 326, 120 (B) of the IPC and sections 3, 4, 5 of the Explosive Substances Act and relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

During investigation, it came to the fore that 24-year-old Ali was assigned to plant small-sized cylinder bombs at different places in Bodhgaya. Ali, according to sources in the NIA, barged into the Buddhist shrine impersonating as a monk and placed 13 low-intensity bombs a few hours before the blasts.

A robe was recovered from the premises soon after the explosions. Ali also known as Abdullah was staying in Ranchiís Doranda area for pursuing studies. Ali, along with Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu, a resident of Samastipur, have been charged with carrying out the blasts at Gandhi Maidan.

Sithio suspects

An NIA team on Saturday also visited the Sithio (in Jharkhand) residence of two Patna serial blast accused with a notice to attach their properties if they did not surrender within a month. The notices were pasted outside the homes of Numan Ansari and the other suspect, believed to be a minor, around 11.30am.

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