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

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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