Over the past week, around ten Bangladeshi immigrants have been arrested from Maharashtra’s Pune city and Raigad, now being probed for possible link to the terror incident of two explosives planted in the compound where the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama was stationed in Bodhgaya, Bihar.
“Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is probing a possible link between the 10 Bangladeshi immigrants arrested from Pune and Raigad over the last few days and the two high-intensity bombs found in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, during Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama’s visit there on January 19 .” said the report published by Times of India on Tuesday.
While the immigrants arrested by the state ATS squad are also being accused to have provided shelters to members of the outlawed Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), the immigrants moving illegally into the state of Maharashtra was tipped by the West Bengal police.
“We are probing whether these immigrants had any role in the terror activity in Bodh Gaya. For now, there is no concrete lead. We have recovered fake documents like Aadhaar and PAN cards from the arrested immigrants and it is a matter of serious concern. We are surprised how these immigrants created the fake documents. We will take up this issue with the authorities concerned.” said the State ATS chief Atulchandra Kulkarni according to the report.
Three bombs were planted amid heavy security shield of the Dalai Lama in Bodh Gaya on January 19 this year and one of the bombs had exploded on that late Friday evening, following which the two others were recovered before explosion. The first blast was initially mistaken for a fire cracker, police launched a combing search of the entire campus in precaution. The two bombs planted were immediately taken to a remote place and diffused later.
The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police and Bihar Police working together closely arrested around six militants Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group mostly from the state of Kolkata soon after the incident. From the police investigation till now, though His Holiness the Dalai Lama was not targeted in the attacks, it was a communal cause where Islamic militants were trying to avenge the Buddhist monks over the Rohingya muslims crisis.