Mumbai: A day after nine blasts rocked Bodh Gaya, all places of worship here, especially 100 Buddha Vihars, have been provided additional security to avoid any untoward incident or clash between groups. All deputy commissioners of police visited sensitive points and places of worship on Monday to review security.
Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) personnel are camping in Bihar too. “We have increased police patrolling in and around Buddha Vihars and are roping in people to keep us informed about the situation. We hope the situation will be controlled easily with the help of citizens,” a senior police official said, adding that security at mosques and temples was also reviewed soon after the blasts. All police stations conducted meetings with members of peace committees and requested them to help maintain law and order.
“We review security at religious places every week and have good information about security points and change our strategy from time to time. We are on alert but we are not expecting any untoward incident in the city. Anti-social elements are being monitored,” an official added.
Last month, the police had increased security at Jewish places of worship and residential places after inputs from central intelligence agencies. Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police (south), said they were taking all measures. There are 742 sensitive points in the city, of which 142 are in south Mumbai.
RPI: Protect shrines
Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athavle has demanded adequate security arrangements for Buddhist shrines across the country following Sunday’s terror attack on Bodh Gaya, the seat of Buddha’s enlightenment. Athavle blamed the Bihar government for the “unfortunate and shocking” incident. He demanded that Buddhist shrines be given adequate protection. Stating that he would shortly visit Bodh Gaya, Athavle sought a “thorough” probe into the serial blasts. –Ambarish Mishra
The Times of India, July 9, 2013