Tibetans arrested in Nepal, may face deportation to China
Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 23:02
  
Kathmandu: Nepalese police have arrested a group of Tibetans for crossing the border into the country illegally in Dolakha district, a media report said on Sunday.

The four Tibetans, including three women, have been sent to the immigration department and could be deported back to Tibet. They did not possess travel documents, according to Nepalnews online, which quoted the police as saying today.

However, the police did not disclose the name of the Tibetans arrested from Dolakha district, 90 kilometres northeast of Kathmandu, the report said.

A Nepali national, Pushkar KC, has also been arrested under suspicion of assisting the Tibetans sneak into the country, it said.

Some 2,500 Tibetans used to make the dangerous trip from Chinese-controlled Tibet to Nepal every year on their way to India to meet their exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

However, the number has fallen sharply amid stepped up pressure from Beijing on Nepal to tighten security along its border with Chinese autonomous region of Tibet.

Nepal government has vowed to check anti-China activities to preserve friendly ties with its northern giant neighbour.

Police had arrested five Tibetans, including a woman, from three Bouddha-based hotels in the Capital on February 6.

Prior to that, 10 Tibetans were arrested by the police while they were entering Nepal illegally from Tibet via Lamabagar in Dolakha district on January 17.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans. They began arriving in large numbers after the 74-year-old Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising in 1959.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 23:02


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