Barriers & checks for Bodhgaya security

SAFETY ON MIND: Officials at the review meet in Gaya on Thursday. Picture by Suman

Gaya: Permanent barriers will be put up on roads leading to the temple township of Bodhgaya to beef up shrine security. The decision was taken at a review meet chaired by zonal IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan on Thursday to review shrine security and a new traffic plan.

Confirming the decision to put up barriers on the Bodhgaya outskirts, SSP Garima Malik said arrangement for video cameras at the barriers will also be made.

Besides Khan, Magadh range DIG Vinay Kumar, district magistrate Abhishekh Singh, SSP Garima Malik, city SP Gaurav Mangla and Shrine Management Committee secretary N Dorje participated in the meet.

Banning entry of three- and four-wheelers in the shrine vicinity also came up for review. According to SSP Malik, the zonal IG directed Gaya police to strengthen shrine security and make the police force tourist-friendly. Cops will be given preliminary training in foreign languages and will have to be firm without being impolite.

According to sources, a four-year-long proposal to hand over shrine security to the CISF has been dropped. The issue of CISF cover for the shrine did not come for discussion at the meet on Thursday.

Financial constraints are said to have gone against the CISF cover as maintenance of about a 150-strong CISF contingent would have cost about Rs 1.5 crore per month and the Shrine Management Committee does not have enough money to foot the CISF bill.

The proposal was first made soon after the terrorist attack on July 7, 2013, and the Union home ministry accorded a conditional nod - the CISF would provide security only if the state government or the Shrine Management Committee met the cost of security .

On the issue of Form C submission, hotels, guesthouses and monasteries are already under obligation for online submission of necessary information about foreign tourists/pilgrims including name, passport no, visa reference, place of stay, purpose of visit, likely period of stay and other details.

Any hotel, guesthouse, dharmashala, individual house, university, hospital, institute or others who provide accommodation to foreigners must submit the details of the residing foreigner in Form C to the registration authorities within 24 hours of the arrival of the foreigner on their premises.

On the status of the Form C compliance, SSP Garima Malik , the ex-officio district foreign registration officer, said the compliance has vastly improved in recent times and some violators have been ticked off.


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