PATNA: The centre is planning to provide security cover of elite Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) commandos to the Mahabodhii shrine, a prominent Buddhist shrine located in Gaya district of Bihar, media reports said on Wednesday
The move comes some four years after the terrorists struck the temple and other places in the Buddha land in July 2013.
Serial blasts in around the temple had wounded a couple of monks although the temple survived attacks. Subsequently, Bihar chief minister had sought CISF security cover for the temple.
“The final sanction for granting the security cover to the temple complex could come by this month-end from the home ministry. An estimated 150-200 commandos and personnel of the CISF have been projected in the security audit that will be required to guard the 4.8600-hectare complex,” an unnamed official was quoted as telling the news agency PTI today.
Mahabodhi temple, holiest of the holy shrine for the Buddhists across the globe, figures among UNESCO world heritage site, and have been attacking millions of tourists round the year.
Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment in the 6th century BC.