Dalai Lama has more security in Arunachal than PM Narendra Modi

In Arunachal Pradesh, Dalai Lama has more layers of security than even PM Narendra Modi.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh was being closely watched by neighbouring countries and in India it was being monitored with more security than even for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Personnels from five forces were deployed across the circles and places to provide him multi-layer security cordon.

Senior officials and personnels from Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Indian Reserve Battalion, Shasastra Seema Bal, Central Paramilitary Force and Arunachal Pradesh State Police were deployed on various layers of security.

More than six companies have been deployed of all these forces combined besides the visit was being keenly watched by Intelligence Bureau, Army, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs.

For example, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi has three layer security cordon of Special Protection Group, National Security Gaurd and State Police then for Dalai Lama it was six layer with multiple agencies in action.

Tawang Monastery, the second largest monastery in Asia where Dalai Lama is staying during his religious sojourn too has been turned into a fortress with even resident Lamas being given separate identity cards for entering the premises.

Movement around the monastery too remains restricted, however pilgrims are allowed to take a round of the monastery for religious reasons.

And that's not all, the movement and access to His Holiness has been kept extremely limited this time unlike in earlier visits.

His travel from Guwahati to Dirang and then to Tawang had to be changed from air route to a road drive due to inclement weather. The whole stretch of road route was sanitized for VVIP movement at least an hour before the travel.

A senior official on condition of anonymity said, "This visit has more global and diplomatic repercussions and the proximity to International border has made it more sensitive than any visit in the past. The identity cards, all with photographs are being checked every time a person enters the cordoned area irrespective of his stature. We are not leaving any stone unturned and taking no chances for his security."