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Missing Tibet activist returns safe home in Mumbai

September 20, 2007

Phayul, Wednesday, September 19, 2007
By Phurbu Thinley

Mr CA Kallianpur returned safe home Wednesday morning after he went
missing since September 11, 2007
Mr CA Kallianpur returned safe home Wednesday morning after he went
missing since September 11, 2007
Dharamsala, September 19: Tibet activist and National Coordinator of
Friends of Tibet (FOT), Mr CA Kallianpur has returned safe home in
Mumbai this morning after he went missing for more than a week.

The 54-year old activist-cum-researcher went missing from a train while
traveling from Mumbai to New Delhi on September 11.

Until now, his disappearance has the organisation worried and officials
equally clueless.

Kallianpur's mobile, which was traced to Jaipur Circle in Rajasthan, was
earlier recovered from one Jeetendra, a young boy in Kishenganj village,
near Alwar in Rajasthan. The handset was gifted by his father Kailash
Chand who happened to be travelling on the same train on September 11.
On questioning, Chand reportedly said he found the phone lying under a
seat in the compartment in which he travelled from 11:00 pm, September
11 and got down at Mathura Junction at 7:00 am the following day.

According to FOT General Secretary and Tibetan activist Mr Tenzin
Tsundue, Mr Kallianpur was “drugged in Mathura and lost all his
belongings and, for many days he was dazed”.

Although Mr Kallianpur is now back home safe, he is not well according
to FOT’s Anant Kumar Asthana.

“We are thankful to everyone for their efforts and prayers for the
safety of Mr Kallianpur,” Tsundue said.

“Now we are on our way to Bombay (Mumbai) to meet him” elated Tsundue
told Phayul when contacted on Phone.

The FOT group alleges that Mr Kallianpur’s disappearance is the second
time in weeks that an activist has been the victim of unknown assailants.

On Aug 24, Greenpeace and Friends of Tibet campaigner V.J. Jose was
drugged on a train while returning from New Delhi to Kerala. He was
found unconscious at the Jhansi railway station in Madhya Pradesh and
there were marks on his feet indicating that he had been beaten severely.

Kallianpur was travelling to New Delhi to organise a conference on
'India's Foreign Policy on China' at the India International Centre
scheduled on Sep 13.

Kallianpur was travelling by the Paschim Express (No. 2925) on a Tatkal
ticket but never reached the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, where
he was supposed to reach by 11.30 a.m. on Sep 12.

FOT activists and his family earlier alleged that railway police at
Bandra in Mumbai and New Delhi have refused to accept missing person
reports.

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