DHARAMSHALA, December 31: The police of the state where the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama has been living for over fifty years have asked the Union government of India to step up the security cover for the 80 year old Tibetan leader.
The state police have written to the Indian ministry of home affairs for additional funds and manpower to heighten security at the residence of the Dalai Lama.
In a detailed report by the state police sent to the Home Ministry, installation of high-resolution cameras, baggage scanners and other sophisticated security equipment at the entrance to his residence have been proposed.
The enhanced security cover for the Dalai Lama has been proposed in view of the threat perception to his life with arrests of alleged Chinese spies with maps and documents containing secret information from the area in the past.
The proposal to deploy additional force and install equipment is a follow up of the review of his security by various agencies, including the state CID, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence and other security forces.
The security of the Dalai Lama is managed by Tibetan security personnel in the inner circle, along with more than 50 Himachal policemen.
“We have proposed a full-fledged battalion for his security against the existing strength of 50 Himachal Police personnel,” a senior police officer told the Tribune.