Bodh Gaya: Security measures have been beefed up in the Buddhist’s holiest site Bodh Gaya, Bihar in view of the monthlong visit of the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar has instructed the local authorities to make adequate security arrangements in the town during His Holiness’ visit.
“There is foolproof security for Dalai Lama during his stay in Bodh Gaya,” said Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima Malik, who is monitoring the security arrangements for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over 3000 security personnel, which is more than the existing strength of Gaya police, have been deployed to provide unprecedented security to the Tibetan spiritual leader who arrived at Bodh Gaya on Monday evening.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Garima said that camp police station had been set up at the Kalachakra Maidan and round-the-clock functional control room has been set up to monitor everything.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been provided Z-plus protection by the Centre as well as the Bihar government during his stay in the state. The step was taken in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Union ministry of home affairs.
The security arrangements worked out in association with different intelligence agencies of the Centre as well as of the state, would continue until the departure of His Holiness from Bodh Gaya.
Meanwhile, 13 police officers who were deployed to guard the Tibetan spiritual leader on a month-long duty were suspended for negligence on Wednesday. Senior SP Garima Malik told mediapersons that the authorities will tolerate no lapse in security arrangements for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
During his month-long stay at Bodh Gaya, the Tibetan spiritual leader will deliver Buddhist teachings to more than 50,000 disciples from across the world at Kalachakra Maidan in two sessions between 5 – 7 January and 14 – 16 January.