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Security revamp in temple town

Police patrolling around Bodhgaya has been revamped with state-of-the-art vehicles being provided to the force.

Two four-wheelers, fitted with strobes, have arrived, while three motorcycles will soon be pressed into service.

Besides, plans are on the anvil to enhance surveillance on the Mahabodhi Mahavihara campus with deployment of security personnel in civil dress and opening of police check-posts.

Following a review meeting on Tuesday, Magadh range deputy inspector-general of police (DIG) Nayyer Hasnain Khan expressed displeasure that hotel owners hardly submit the mandatory list of boarders to the Bodhgaya police station.

The DIG directed Bodhgaya police station house officer T.N. Tiwari to initiate stern action, including lodging of FIRs, by identifying such hoteliers.

Gaya senior superintendent of police Vinay Kumar said the check-posts would be opened at the entry points of Bodhgaya Gaya-Bodhgaya riverside road and Gaya-Bodhgaya military cantonment road. Watchtowers would be set up at two or three places and closed-circuit television cameras would be installed at sensitive points, which would be identified soon.

A foolproof permanent security plan has recently been chalked out to ensure security of Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a Unesco World Heritage site.