|Buddhists move PM over attacks on shrine|
DIBRUGARH, July 18 – The Bhikkhu Sangha and Buddhists of North East India on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner here, expressing deep anguish at the recent bomb attacks on the Mahabodhi Mahavihara premises and also on the Great Buddha Statue and Tergar Monastery.
“It is indeed a sad incident that miscreants tried to cause damage to one of the holiest Buddhist shrines which is not only the place of Buddha’s enlightenment but from where the message of love and compassion pervaded the entire universe. The Mahabodhi Mahavihara, also being a World Heritage Site, is venerated by the world Buddhist community and such acts of vandalism deserve our strongest words of disapproval. We condemn the dastardly act and request the Government to deal with such anti social elements with a strong hand so that such acts of mindless violence do not occur again in any place of worship of any religious denomination,” the Buddhists wrote in the memorandum.
Acharya Bhikkhu Karuana S, general secretary of the Bhikkhu Sangha and Buddhists of North East India, also called upon the PM to tighten security in and around Bodh Gaya and other Buddhist places.