A Chinese woman was detained on Thursday in Bihar's Gaya district on suspicion of spying on Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during his ongoing visit to India.
The woman, who has been identified as Song Xiaolam, is being questioned at Bodhgaya police station. The police had picked up from outside Kalchakra ground in Bodhgaya.
“We got inputs about a Chinese woman who has been overstaying in India and is presently said to be in Bodhgaya, which we verified and launched a search. In view of the inputs, the security personnel deployed in Bodh Gaya for the security of the Dalai Lama were alerted,” Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur has been quoted as saying.
On Thursday morning, a security alert was issued in Gaya and the police released the sketch of the woman. Her visa and passport details too were shared with the press.
Security was beefed up around the Mahabodhi Temple Complex with the screening of devotees being intensified. The Dalai Lama addressed a gathering there in the morning.