MHA: Police in Bodhgaya left 'effective' IEDs lying around

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The Bihar Police left three unexploded, but still "effective", bombs close to the local police station in Bodhgaya on the day of the serial blasts in that city earlier this month, an inquiry by the Union home ministry has found.

The Bihar Police's bomb detection team was not equipped to deal with any kind of threat from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), their bomb detection equipment was mostly outdated, and the safety drills they adopted were too risky, a senior home ministry official said.

Three of the 13 IEDs planted at the temple complex on July 7 did not explode because the analog timers in them stopped working. The Bihar bomb detection team simply separated the detonator from the power source and kept the IEDs behind the police station, even though the detonators were still embedded in the small gas cylinders, and the IEDs continued to be technically alive, officials said.

"The team did not carry out detailed inspection of the IED before handling them because of lack of equipment and they were not aware of the latest IED threats," says the ministry's report. "Keeping the IED behind the police station clearly shows lack of training and awareness among the police personnel."

A senior official said a detailed analysis showed each IED weighed around 4.5 kg, and the explosive material had been "loosely assembled". Two people were injured in the blasts.

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