Monday, 8 July 2013

Dalai Lama Provided With Z-plus Security by Indian Government

Dalai Lama\'s security reviewed after Mahabodhi temple blasts

Dalai Lama's security reviewed after Mahabodhi temple blasts

The security of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been reviewed after the blasts in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town on Sunday morning. The Dalai Lama's private office in Dharamsala said his security had been stepped up.

"We have issued an advisory to His Holiness' personal security officials," Ngodup Dorjee, Central Tibetan Administration's (CTA) department of security secretary, told IANS.

"The Dalai Lama has already been provided Z-plus category security (by the Indian government). But we have beefed up the security of his official palace and Tsuglagkhang temple (close to the palace) too," he said.

Dorjee said a meeting would be held in Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile, on Monday to review security arrangements of Tibetan monasteries and temples located across India.

Tibetan spiritual leaders the Dalai Lama and 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who are residing in Dharamsala's suburb McLeodganj, which is home to a large Tibetan population, are frequent visitors at the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar's Bodh Gaya town, where nine blasts took place on Sunday morning.

Extra force has been put in place both at the Dalai Lama's palace and the Gyuto Tantric Monastic University, where the Karmapa resides, after the Bodh Gaya blasts, Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur said.

"Police surveillance has been intensified in and around McLeodganj. We are in regular touch with the central intelligence agencies," he added.

Thakur said one of the two entry gates to the Tsuglagkhang temple has been closed and extra force has been deployed there.

"Electronic items, including camera and mobile, will not be allowed in the temple complex," he added.

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