Terrorist organization operated out of West Bengal may be behind bombs planted near Bodh Gaya shrine

Recently bombs were recovered near the famous Buddhist shrine in Bodh gaya. However due to being poorly assembled the bombs did not blast, avoiding a major disaster in one of India’s most holiest sites. Now the investigation into the incident suggest that this may be a work of terrorists organization, Jamaat-ul-mujahiddin Bangladesh (JMB).

Earlier it was suspected that Indian Mujahideen or Students Islamic movement of India (SIMI) were involved in the incident. It is believed that JMB is currently being operated out of West Bengal and has several modules and bomb making units spread across the state. The investigators believe that some JMB terrorists entered in Bihar through West Bengal. They also set up a module in Bihar to carry out the attack. The probe suggests that entire operation was being operated from West Bengal. A call was made from Bihar to West Bengal after planting three bombs near the shrine. This phone call led investigators to suspect JMB involvement.

The plan was in coincide with Dalai Lama’s visit to the shrine. Though the probe suggests that the 82 year old religious leader was probably not the target.

JMB is active in West Bengal since 2013. In 2014 a major module of the organization in West Bengal came to notice when accidentally bombs blasted and in a bomb making unit in Burdwan district. It is suspected that still many modules are active in West Bengal with assistance from locals. Since the Bangladesh government has taken a strong stance against terrorism many of them are trying to find a home in land on the other side of Padma River (West Bengal). Just a few months back NIA arrested two terrorists belonging to Ansarullah Bangla Team along with a local weapon dealer.

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