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Security scheme to shield shrine

A foolproof plan has been chalked out to ensure security of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara.

Magadh range deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police Nayyer Hasnain Khan said the plan had been sent to the state government and the state police headquarters for approval. The Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee (BTMC) will be involved in the plan.

Anti-sabotage checking, gadget installation and strengthening intelligence would be part of the strategy. A deputy superintendent of police rank officer will be in charge of the plan.

After arrests of the suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives in October, 25 special task force (STF) jawans had been deployed outside Mahabodhi Mahavihara since October 29. The temple committee has deployed 33 security personnel, including 21 guards of the BTMC and 12 private security guards on the campus.

The DIG said the STF jawans would be replaced by commandoes. In the July meeting, he had pointed out several loopholes in arrangement on the temple campus. The list of private security personnel hired by BTMC was not available with the police station. Though doorframe metal detectors and closed-circuit television cameras had been installed on campus, there was no operator to handle those. The officer said installation of CCTV cameras would not help in absence of a control room.

The need of a foolproof plan was felt after Khan conducted a meet on July 7 to review safety around the temple.

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