ITANAGAR, July 11 – Thousands of people including Buddhist monks, students and public leaders today took to the streets in Tawang in protest against the recent serial bomb blasts in Mahabodhi Temple premises in Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
“It was not an attack on Buddhist heritage alone but on an international heritage site”, “We love peace”, “Stop terrorism” – these and many other slogans at the peace rally organised by the public of Tawang and coordinated by Tawang Monastery against the recent terror attacks.
The rally was also aimed at creating mass awareness that violence and terrorism have no place in the society. People of the peace-loving Tawang came up to say: “Enough is enough! Stop terror attacks! Let us live in true freedom!”
Tawang MLA and Parliamentary Secretary for Art & Culture Tsewang Dhondup while flagging off the rally urged the people to send out a message to eradicate “darkness from the society”. He also urged the masses to raise their voice peacefully to show their disapproval of the evil that has been done to the religious site at Bodh Gaya.
In his inspiring speech, the Zilla Parishad chairperson Jambey Tsering said: If the good people keep quiet against the evil that is imposed on others, then the evil (people) will continue to do evil in society. We need to raise our voices and fight against all the injustice.
At the close of the rally, which was participated by around 8,000 people from different walks of life, a memorandum signed by the religious heads and others was handed over to the MLA of Tawang for its submission to the Prime Minister.
The memorandum said that the Buddhist community always propagates peace and tranquility to prevail on the earth. It also appealed to the Central Government to ensure better and strong security in all religious sites including Mahabodhi Temple.
PTI adds: Arunachal Pradesh Tourism and Rural Works Department Minister Pema Khandu visited Bodh Gaya’s Buddhist temple, which was rocked by blasts recently.
Pema arrived in Bodh Gaya from New Delhi on Tuesday, official sources said. After inspecting the blast sites, the Minister had a discussion with the secretaries of the Bodhi Temple Management Committee and Tergar Monastery.