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Seven Tibetans arrested at Nepal - China border

August 19, 2009

August 18, 2009

Dharamsala, August 18 -- Seven Tibetans have been arrested by
Nepalese police from a Lamabagar village near Nepal- China border in
Dolakha district, Kantipur online reported.

The seven Tibetans were on their way via Nepal to India where the
exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has lived since 1959.

Inspector Hari Basnet of the District Police Office said the four men
and three women have been handed over to the Immigration Department of Nepal.

No further information on the seven Tibetans was available.

Thousands of Tibetans risk their lives crossing into Nepal each year
to head for India where they get blessed by their leader His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and get education in schools run by the exile Tibetan

In September 2006, Chinese border patrol killed a 17 year old Tibetan
nun, Kalsang Namtso, who was among 75 Tibetan refugees fleeing Tibet
through the Nangpala pass. Only 41 Tibetans out of the 75 made it to
the Tibetan Refugee Transit Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Kunsang
Namgyal, a 23 year old man, was hit in the leg twice and was taken
away. He is believed to have died later.

A year later, on October 18, 2007 Chinese border patrol opened fire
on a group of 39 Tibetan refugees fleeing Tibet. No casualties were
however reported but 3 were arrested.

Nepalese and Chinese authorities met in Lhasa last week to discuss
matters related to border security between the two countries. Media
reports indicate that the issue of Tibetans using Nepal as transit to
escape to India would be a discussed.
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