"Alarmed by revelations of Indian Mujahedeen founder Yasin Bhatkal, the Himachal Police has written to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) seeking details of interrogation records regarding suspected threat to Tibetan spiritual leaders Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhist settlements.
The state police move came following reports that Dharamsala, the exile home of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, was on the radar of Bhatkal.
The intelligence agencies suspected that Indian Mujahedeen group’s operations head Yasin Bhatkal had planned to recce Dharamsala after serial blast that rocked Buddhist pilgrim’s site in Gaya in July this year. There are reports that Bhatkal had sent two of his close aides to Dharamsala for recce as it was the potential target of the Indian Mujahedeen to take revenge against Buddhists for committing atrocities on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
“There are varied and unconfirmed reports about Bhatkal’s plan to visit Dharamsala. We have written to NIA seeking more details about Bhatkal’s plans,” deputy inspector general of police, intelligence and security, Abhishekh Trivedi told the Hindustan Times.
“So far, we don’t have any specific input about Bhatkal’s plans to visit Dharamsala,” he added.
It was in July last week after the blasts in Bodh Gaya that the NIA had alerted the Himachal Pradesh police about possible attacks on Buddhist population and monasteries across the state by the Islamic militant group Indian Mujahedeen...." Full article
Meanwhile, security at Bodh Gaya is stepped up following Jihadist bomb blasts
"Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Friday, assured Buddhist leaders that strict security measures have been taken to prevent a repeat of the July serial blasts at Bodh Gaya. "The serial bomb blasts in the holy shrine and in Bodh Gaya on July 7 left us aghast. Nobody had ever imagined that somebody will attack a place known for giving a message of peace to the world," Kumar told a congregation of over 200 Buddhists from 39 countries at the Budha Smriti Park here. "That was a warning. We took the incident very seriously and have taken security measures so that such things do not happen in future," Kumar said at the conclave being attended by Buddhists from US, Russia, Australia, UK, Japan, Thailand, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan and Germany.
"...Dr Shah Nazar Khan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s director of archaeology,
says locals are primarily to blame for the decay. Sadly, apart from the
defacing, some locals even throw garbage on the art. “It is high time to educate people about the historical and cultural
importance, so that locals can also take part in the preservation
efforts,” says Dr Khan. “The statues should be removed and shifted to a
museum, if possible, and all these sites fully documented.” Faizur Rehman, curator in the Swat museum, believes that more effort
than just maintenance. “The government should purchase all the lands of
the rock carvings and hire 24-hour guards.” Rehman states firmly. “This
is the only way to protect and preserve the heritage.” Full article