The Centre has agreed to Bihars demand to provide Central Industrial Security Force security to Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya,which was bombed earlier this month.
The home ministry had earlier told the state that the CISF was not deployed to guard religious places but has reviewed its stand in view of the fact that the Buddhist shrine is a world heritage site and attracts tourists from across the world.
The security will be paid for by the state and the Bodhgaya Temple Trust.
The security at Bodhgaya is a concern for us and after going through the Bihar governments proposal,we have decided that a CISF cover should be provided, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Wednesday.
Before sending its personnel to Bodhgaya,the CISF will carry out an analysis of vulnerable points. It will also take control of the CCTV control room and may ask the temple to install more cameras.
The shrine has 16 CCTV cameras but many were not working at the time of the blasts. And those that were,the NIA later found,were of poor quality. We will advise the temple authorities to install better quality CCTV cameras with night vision, a senior ministry official said.
The Bihar government,had after the July 7 blasts,deployed Bihar Military Police at the shrine while CM Nitish Kumar requested the PM in two letters sent on July 19 and 29,for CISF security. In his letter,Nitish pointed out that religious sentiments of Buddhists of the entire world are deeply attached with this shrine.
(With ENS Patna)
No CISF cover for Maharashtra temples
NEW DELHI: The Centre,meanwhile,is unlikely to grant Maharashtras request to provide CISF security to Mahalaxmi and Siddhivinayak temples. Sources in the home ministry said such a move would not be possible even though the temple administrations have offered to pay for the service. Giving security to all religious shrines will spark a flurry of demands which will be difficult for the government to consider and implement, a senior official said. ENS