Thirteen cops suspended as India ensures foolproof security for Dalai Lama at Gaya

January 5, 2018 11:18 pm0 commentsViews: 244
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives for the first day of teachings in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 5, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives for the first day of teachings in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India on January 5, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL)

(TibetanReview.net, Jan05, 2018) – A total of 13 policemen, including two Sub-inspectors and an Assistant Sub-inspector, have been suspended for dereliction of duty as the government of the Indian state of Bihar moved to implement foolproof security during the month-long stay of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at Bodh Gaya, Buddhism’s most sacred site.

The Dalai Lama, 82, had arrived at Bodh Gaya on Jan 1 and is scheduled to give two teachings in January. The first will be over Jan 5-7, and the second over Jan 14-16. More than 50,000 devotees from across the world are expected to attend the teachings.

The state has deployed more than 3000 security personnel – more than Gaya’s total police strength – for the duration of the Dalai Lama’s visit.

The security arrangements are being monitored by Gaya’s senior superintendent of police Garima Malik. Malik who has said a camp police station had been set up, with a functional control room, at the Kalachakra Maidan, the teaching ground, to provide round-the-clock security.

India has reviewed the security arrangement for the Dalai Lama several times in the past several years due to increased threat perceptions.

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