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Permit Rescinded for Tibetan Sweater Merchants in Rohtak

November 14, 2008

November 13, 2008

Dharamshala Nov 13 -- In a major setback to the Tibetan winter
merchants in Rohtak in north Indian state of Harayana, the local
authorities annulled a permission earlier granted to the Tibetans to
sell winter garments in the city.

They had already leased land and sought permission from the district
administration to start their traditional business of selling woolens
during winters but the administration cancelled the order at the last
minute, reported ANI.

"Our officials took permission from the administration, all the
documents were ready and entire money required for the land was also
paid. We got the permission to open our shops. But suddenly district
administration informed us that we couldn't open our shops," said
Sonam, a Tibetan shopkeeper.

The Tibetans who have been doing seasonal business in Rohtak for many
years say that the authorities had come under pressure from local
traders whose business gets affected due to the Tibetans.

They have been sitting outside their closed shops for a month now and
no further decision has been taken by the administration.

"We don't know anything, everything happened suddenly. We are facing
difficulties in getting our regular meals as well," said another
Tibetan named Tashi.

The Tibetans said that they can not leave the city as they had
already invested a lot of money in the business and taken loans from banks.
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