NIA releases Bodh Gaya blasts suspects' sketches

NIA releases Bodh Gaya blasts suspects' sketches

After groping in the dark in the investigations into the Bodh Gaya blasts for the past nine days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday released two sketches of a suspect in a Buddhist monk’s robe and video footage in which he is spotted.

The sketches - one with a green mask and another bare faced - were prepared on the basis of details provided by three eyewitnesses who claimed to have seen the suspect before the blasts and also from CCTV footage. While one of the eyewitnesses is from Gaya, two are foreigners.

“Two sketches -- with and without mask -- of the suspect who was wearing the dress of a Buddhist monk has been developed with the leads available and is being shared with the general public for wide publicity and for assistance to the ongoing investigation.

“The video clips where the suspect is seen in the CCTV camera have been merged to form one single clip, which is also being shared for wide publicity and assistance,” the NIA said.

The suspect is seen on CCTV moving around in the temple complex between 3:30 AM and 4:30 AM. People those who have information about the suspect can reach NIA through phone numbers 011- 40623805 or 08540848216 and at email id:

Despite questioning about a dozen people, the investigators were not able to get any leads in the probe.

Investigators, who were looking into the role of not just Indian Mujahideen in the terror attack, are also examining the pattern of the placements of the bombs in the temple complex as well as its composition.

Ten low-intensity bombs had exploded in the Bodh Gaya temple complex on Sunday

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