STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Gangtok, 8 July
The Sikkim Bhutia-Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC) has condemned yesterday&’s terrorist attack on the Buddhist pilgrimage centre at “Dorjee-Dhen” at Bodh Gaya in Bihar and requested the Sikkim government to send officials to the place to assess the damage and cooperate with the government of Bihar in restoring the damaged parts of the shrine. Notably, the in-charge of the temples and its administration in the pilgrimage town is now under the care of the retired secretary of the Sikkim government, Mr Ninjey Dorjee, an IAS, belonging to Sikkim. “We request the concerned authorities of the Bihar government to provide security to Ninjey Dorjee who has been rendering a yeomen service since his retirement for the pilgrims visiting Bodh Gaya from across the world,” said a Press statement issued from SIBLAC.
The SIBLAC convenor, Mr Tseten Tashi Bhutia has pointed out that the attack on the holy Tashiding Bhum-Chu through the anti-Buddhist hydro project being commissioned over holy Rathong-Chu in West Sikkim and the attack on the historical sacred site of Kabi Lungtsok in North Sikkim are as outrageous and shocking as the recent attack on Bodh Gaya Temple or the attack by the Talibans on the Buddha Statue at Bamiyan in Afghanistan in 2002.
He said his organisation has also appealed to the international forums and organisations to come forward and take stances on matters related to the sites of faith for the Buddhists being defiled and destroyed.