Bodh Gaya: Amid disturbing news that emerged last evening of Bihar police detecting two bombs in Bodh Gaya pilgrimage centre where His Holiness the Dalai Lama is currently giving teachings, the Secretary of Department of Security Phasur Wangchuk appealed the public to remain calm but cautioned them against touching any unidentifiable and suspicious objects.
Speaking to Tibet.net, Secretary Phasur Wangchuk said he met with the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Gaya district, who he said are working round the clock on this matter.
Secretary Phasur Wangchuk also said that the matter is under investigation by National Investigation Agency (NIA) and until proven, we can rule out any cases of threat to the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He further said that there is no need for the public to panic since the intelligence unit and police force of Bihar state have been on the qui vive and have provided the highest security apparatus ever since His Holiness arrived in Bodh Gaya in early January. “Thanks to the intelligence, vigilance and coperation of the Bihar police, the bombs have been detected on time,” he said.
“What is more important is that the devotees in Bodh Gaya should be cautious of any unidentifiable and suspicious objects they see or get hold of. In case they do they should immediately report to the police or any staff of Department of Security,” said Secretary Phasur Wangchuk.
On January 4, Tibet.net ran a story titled Bihar Puts Best Security Measures in Place for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Bodh Gaya Visit detailing how 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.