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Nitish Kumar says we must maintain political, social unity after Bodh Gaya blasts
Even as the world-famous Buddhist Bodh Gaya Mandir in India's eastern state Bihar re-opens today, Bihar's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that investigations after the multiple blasts in the temple premises on July 7 morning have not resulted in anything concrete. The Chief Minister said that the nation as a whole should 'display political and social unity.' Kumar also re-iterated that he had requested the Centre to assign CISF security forces to secure the Mandir in the future.

Ten blasts took place at the UNESCO World Heritage site and injured two Buddhist monks. The federal Home Ministry has termed the serial blasts as a 'terror strike' with possible involvement of Indian Mujahideen even as the National Investigation Agency has begun its investigations.

With an eye to preempt further politicising the incident - as the Bihar-based RJD has alleged a BJP and JD (S) nexus behind the blast - Kumar said, "I condemn the incident, and in such of kind of incidents we must display political, social and every kind of unity.

I have inspected the blast site and inquired about the investigations. We are still trying to find out the details. The state government is working with the DGP and Home Ministry. The investigations are ongoing. But as of now there's nothing that we can say with finality about the investigations. Time must be given to the investigating agencies.

The Bihar Chief Minister brought up the issue of security, the lack of which has been debated since the blasts. "Bodh Gaya's Mandir is a world heritage site. The inner security of this site was being handled by a private security company, and the external was being handled by local Bihar police. Now, I said this yesterday and again say that for the security of the Buddhist temple, the perimeter must be guarded by the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF). There is requirement of more expert personnel manning the Bodh Gaya Mandir. Whatever the expenditure of the proposed CISF security, the Centre will pay for all incurred costs.

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