Nepal police arrest 8 Tibetans

Nepal Police have arrested eight Tibetans including a woman for illegally entering the country after they failed to produce valid travel documents.

Updated: Oct 28, 2010, 22:28 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal Police have arrested eight Tibetans including a woman for illegally entering the country after they failed to produce valid travel documents.

The eight were arrested on Monday at Thankot checkpost, the main land route point to enter Kathmandu from outside districts, according to police.

"They were arrested on Monday as they tried to enter Kathmandu from India through land route," the police said.

"We have arrested them as the travel documents they have produced were suspicious," a police official said.

They have been handed over by the police to the Department of Immigration for further investigation, he said.

The arrest came at a time when a high level delegation led by Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav is visiting China.

During the visit President Dr Yadav met Pema Thinley, the government of Tibetan Autonomous region and reiterated him about Nepal commitment to one China policy.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetan exiles and every year around 2,500 Tibetans enter the country on their way to meet their religious leader Dalai Lama in Dharamshala.

PTI