Tight security in Tibetan settlement

Following the serial blasts at Bodhgaya on Sunday, security has been beefed up at the Tibetan settlement at Bylakuppe of Periyapatna taluk in the district.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, whose birthday celebrations were held at the camp recently, is expected to stay at the camp till July 16.

District Superintendent of Police Abhinav Khare said elaborate security arrangements had been put in place at the settlement as the Bodhgaya attack “was the first on a Buddhist place of worship in the country”.

Four anti-sabotage teams, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, seven inspectors, 17 sub-inspectors, three Karnataka State Reserve Police units and 150 constables had been deployed at the Tibetan settlement, he said.

He said the settlement had not received any threat, but security was beefed up as a precautionary measure. Security arrangements will be gradually relaxed after Dalai Lama leaves the settlement. People coming in and out of the settlement are being monitored, he said.

At Mundgod

Police have also heightened vigil at the nine Tibetan camps in Mundgod taluk of Uttara Kannada district. More than 12,000 Buddhist monks have made the settlement their home, and Sunday’s incident at Bodhgaya has rattled them. The police have intensified checking of vehicles entering and exiting the settlement. The Dalai Lama is expected to arrive here on July 17.

Alert issued

L R Pachau, DG&IGP, told Deccan Herald that as and when the Dalai Lama visits the State, he is given high security according to his security status. He said after the blasts at Bodhgaya, an alert has been issued to the police authorities of places he visits, to beef up the security arrangements.

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