(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.