In a sensational allegation, the head monk of meditation centre at the international pilgrim town Bodh Gaya has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing several children.
The children are said to have been there for training.
Police have confirmed that the child monks have injury marks on their bodies.
The accused has been identified as Bhante Shangpriya Sujay, who is a resident of Assam.
It emerged from police sources that he has been running the meditation centre for the past few years at Bodh Gaya.
It was the children who told their parents of their ordeal.
The victims mostly belong from Assam and aged between six and 14 years old.
A first information report or FIR has been filed with Bodh Gaya police station.
Police is also arranging for the medical test of the children to be done.
The head monk allegedly called the children to his bedroom and sexually abused them, it is alleged.>