Six Tibetan exiles arrested in Nepal

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 15:22

Kathmandu: Nepal police on Wednesday arrested six Tibetan exiles from the country`s Dolakha district who reached there after crossing the Nepal-China border illegally.

Those arrested include six men aged between 20 and 30, according to the police. They entered Nepalese territory through the border at Lamabagar area of Dolakha district.

The Tibetans have been detained at District Police Office in Charikot, police said, adding that they will be handed over to the Immigration Department in Kathmandu soon.

Every year, around 2,500 Tibetan exiles enter Nepal illegally on their way to Dharamshala in India to meet their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. There are more than 20,000 Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal since 1959.

Nepal has repeatedly said it will not allow anti-China activities on its soil, saying it observes a `one-China policy’, which holds that Tibet is part of China.

The government of Nepal has recently stepped up vigilance against Tibetan exiles as they might organise anti-China protests in the country.


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First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 15:22

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