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WMD charge in Bodhgaya blast

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency on Friday slapped the Weapons of Mass Destruction Act, 2005, against those accused for last month's blast outside the Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodhgaya.

Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were also found outside the World Heritage site. The NIA has registered a case against unknown persons and is likely to take custody of two arrested Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives from Bengal police. The video footage obtained from the CCTVs installed at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara had hinted at the involvement of four suspects.

"We have circulated the photos of the suspects to several investigating agencies to ascertain their identities," said an NIA official.

The Act is aimed at prosecuting persons for unlawful activities relating to weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems including nuclear, toxin (chemical) and bacteriological (biological) materials.

Last week, the NIA had formally taken over the investigation from Gaya police which had initially carried out the probe. The initial investigation by police had suggested the involvement of the JMB in the January 19 incident when the Dalai Lama was in Bodhgaya.

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