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    Indian Police Tighten Security for Dalai Lama Visit

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    Indian police increase security for the Dalai Lama during his visit to India's eastern Bihar state. This comes amid reports of a possible planned attack on the Tibetan spiritual leader.

    Indian police have tightened security for the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after reports circulated of of possible planned attack on him on Sunday.

    The Dalai Lama is in the holy town of Bodh Gaya in eastern Bihar state to deliver the 'Kalchakra' teachings as a part of the religious event that is being attended by thousands of Buddhist devotees including foreign nationals.

    [Vinay Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police for Gaya]:
    "All preventive actions are being taken. As we have said we are prepared to deal with any kind of Maoist or militant attacks or any kind of sabotage to security. He (Dalai Lama) enjoys Z+ protection and other than the minimum requirement, we have made additional security arrangements for him."

    The best forces of Bihar have been pressed into service.

    [Vinay Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police for Gaya]:
    “In totality the best forces have been ensured in terms of quantity and quality."

    Meanwhile thousands of Buddhist devotees attended the teaching session supervised by the Dalai Lama on Sunday.

    At the venue there was a heavy presence of armed police personnel.
    The Dalai Lama's appearance on the occasion was part of 10 days of activities involving Buddhist teachings and meditations.

    The Dalai Lama's itinerary also included a visit to the Mahabodhi temple to offer prayers.

    His visit comes amidst a spate of self-immolations where ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire protesting Chinese rule over Tibet.

    The Dalai Lama has not condemned or condoned the self-immolations but said the desperate conditions Tibetans face under Beijing's rigid control have forced...