Monday, July 8, 2013
Abode of peace bombed
The terrorist attack on world famous Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya of Bihar is an attempt to throttle message of peace that emanates from there for the world. The low intensity nine blasts within the span of two minutes early in the morning created an atmosphere of fear and awe. As intensity of the blasts was low and timing was early morning, they injured only two people. Terrorist act had been unheard of so far in Bihar, the IB had already alerted the Bihar Police about the impending terror attack on Bodh Gaya. Prior alert signal was given to Bihar police on the basis of the interrogation of Pune Bakery attack accused. Though no terror organization has taken responsibility of the Mahabodhi Temple attack, the atrocities on Rohangia Muslims in Myanmar are linked to this terror attack without any sound basis. The responsibility of safety and security of Mahabodhi Temple in Gaya is of both the state and the Central government. So, one can not escape the guilt at the cost of the other. Central government can not be free after the IB alerted the Bihar Police about the terror attack beforehand. There is no doubt that it is the total failure of the Bihar police in acting on the IB tip-off. Central intelligence agencies should also have assured of full proof security against any terror attack in Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya is known all over the world for spreading peace, amity and international brotherhood. People from all over the world visit Bodh Gaya for meditation, learning and spirituality. It is the holiest place for Budhists world over. Terror attack at the root of peace must be thwarted at all costs. Whether it is the lapses of Bihar or Central government matters little, both have failed to thwart terror attack despite prior knowledge. Terror has neither any religion nor colour. It is the biggest enemy of humanity. Until and unless its root is weeded out from our neighbouring country, it would continue to execute its evil design of death and destruction. In what is suspected to be the first-ever terror attack in Bihar, nine low-intensity blasts struck Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya early Sunday, leaving a Tibetan student and a Burmese resident who were meditating there injured. The temple structure was not damaged in the attack. Three live bombs were later recovered from near the temple premises.