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Buddhists hold protest rally in Agartala

Young Buddhist monks participate in a rally for peace following a series of blasts in Bodhgaya, in Agartala, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. One man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators searched for clues Monday into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism's holiest sites in Bodhgaya, the town where the Buddha is believed to have gained enlightenment. (AP Photo)  

Hundreds of Buddhists hit the streets of Agartala on Tuesday afternoon to ventilate anger against the serial blasts in Bodh Gaya – their most revered place in India. Community members from different parts of Triprua gathered near Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan before marching towards the Raj Bhavan.

One of organisers of the event Srotoranjan Khisa said that Buddhists from different social groups joined the protest. Chakma and Mog clans are essentially Buddhist and also Bengali Baruas who altogether count 7 per cent of State’s population.

The protesters carried placards with writings like “Let peace prevail everywhere” and “Attacks on Buddhists should be stopped.” Chakma and Mog women in the rally were attired in traditional fatigues.

Many saffron clad monks also joined the protest rally which ended near the Raj Bhavan. A delegation also met Governor Devanand Konwar and gave him a note of protest and condemnation against the multiple low-intensity blasts at Bodh Gaya on Sunday.

Buddhists in Tripura earlier organised similar protests against arson and destruction of Buddhist temples at Ramu and alleged atrocities on tribal Buddhists in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.

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