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Jul 08, 2013 at 07:02pm IST

Mahabodhi temple blasts linked to attacks on Rohingya Muslims?

New Delhi: There are concerns about whether there is a Myanmar link to the Mahabodhi temple blasts in Bodh Gaya. The Rohingya Muslims clashing with the Buddhist majority there has been exploited by several terrorist groups including al Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

As police begin investigations into the Bodh Gaya blasts, Intelligence Bureau sources say they had sent an intelligence alert warning months ago of threats to Buddhist temples. The threat was raised after groups including Hafiz Saeed's LeT, al Qaeda, Indonesian Jehadi terror groups issued statements calling for attacks on Buddhists and Myanmar embassies to protest against attacks on Muslim villages in Myanmar that have left more than 10,000 dead, with about 1,50,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing to countries like Thailand, Bangladesh and India.

Human rights groups say Arakan Burmese Buddhists have carried out several massacres like this one in the town of Meikhtila in March this year, where 36 young students of a madrasa were lynched and burnt to death.

Swin Htein, National League for Democracy Representative for Meikhtila, said, "Some angry mob passed through the police lines and dragged the Muslim youth and killed them in front of them. In front of me, during my stay, about half an hour or 45 minutes there, seven people were killed."

As a result, in the past two years, videos of the violence against Rohingya Muslims have been used by Islamist groups as propaganda video and even led to clashes last year in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Police say it's too early to be sure of any link between Myanmar's Muslims and the Bodh Gaya blasts. But early leads have certainly put the spotlight on Rohingya Muslims and how their plight has been used to radicalise Islamist groups worldwide.