Patna: CCTVs will be set up at Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi Temple and at the famous Hindu temple of Vishnupad in Gaya, state Urban Development Minister Prem Kumar said on Monday.

"I have instructed district authorities to install CCTVs at Mahabodhi temple and Vishnupad temple soon for security reasons," Kumar said.

Kumar, who represents Gaya in the state assembly, said, "CCTVs will not only keep a watch on suspicious activities, they would also record everything as proof."

Kumar said authorities at the two holy sites have been asked to identify locations where the cameras could be installed, including at points of entry and exit. Gaya Superintendent of Police Ganesh Kumar said that he had held discussions with the minister on Sunday, and an agreement was reached that the cameras would be installed soon.

Last year, security of the Mahabodhi Temple was handed over to the Special Task Force (STF) of Bihar Police. The temple at Bodh Gaya was built at the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.

Vishnupad temple, dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu, is in the hit list of terror groups. An annual fortnight-long Pitrapaksh, during which Hindus make ritualistic offering "pindadan" for the salvation of their forefathers, takes place at the temple.

(Agencies)

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