All five suspects in the Bodh Gaya blasts which took place on July 7, 2013, are found guilty and their punishment would be decided by the court on 31st May.
Names of the accused are Haider Ali alias Black Beauty, Imtiaz Ansari, Umar Siddiqui, Azharuddin Quraishi and Mujibullah Ansari. They are blamed for their involvement in the series of bomb blasts that occurred on the same day in the temple premises. 9 blasts took place in 30 minutes which caused injuries to one tourist and a Tibetan monk. The terrorists are reported to be from the terrorist group SIMI.
It has been reported that the plan was made to take revenge for the deaths of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar army.
Terrorists had planted one more cylindrical bomb inside the holy tree where devotees gather for their prayers but luckily it did not blast.
They are believed to be the same people behind the attacks that took place in PM’s rally in Patna on 23rd October 2013 which killed 7 people and injured many. The blast was in the headlines for a longer period of time during general elections.
The NIA revealed that Haider Ali, who had been chosen by SIMI member Umar Siddiqui in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, was the mastermind of the attack. He received explosives from Raipur and came back to Bodh Gaya. After roaming around the place a number of times, he entered the temple premises in the guise of a Buddhist monk.
Umar Siddiqui and Azharuddin Quraishi are natives of Chhattisgarh and the rest of the accused belong to Jharkhand.