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200 Tibetans briefly detained in crackdown on celebrations

July 8, 2010

Sabin Chandra Acharya
The Himalayan Times (Nepal)
July 6, 2010

KATHMANDU -- Nepal Police on Tuesday detained at
least 200 Tibetan exiles on their way to
celebrate the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday elsewhere in Kathmandu.

Superintendent of Police Ramesh Prasad Kharel,
in-charge, Metropolitan Police Range,
Hanumandhoka, informed that they were briefly
detained to figure out if the Tibetan exiles
included the 'police list' and released later
following an interrogation. He, however, did not
divulge who the listed Tibetans were. Scuffles and injuries were not reported.

DSP Pradhumna Karki, Kathmandu Operation
in-charge, said that over 200 arrests were made
from Bouddhanath Stupa area, Swoyambhu, Kalimati,
Maharajgunj and other places. "We detained them
for a few hours and dropped them to their
respective refugee camps so as to restrict their
illegal activities in line with the existing
law," he informed adding that the police did not
intervene in their closed-door celebrations.

Despite a tight vigil on Tibetan exiles, they
organised prayer meets in Jawalakhel refugee camp
in Lalitpur and other monasteries to pray for the
spiritual leader’s good health and longevity. The
police had carried out random checking on the
road and barred around 100 Tibetan monks, nuns
and others from reaching Jawalakhel to attend the celebration by vehicles.

Nepal has repeatedly said that it will not allow
its soil to be used against its northern
neighbour as it adopts 'One China' policy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UCPN- Maoist
had urged all 601 CA members not to accept
invitations by the Tibetan community to attend
the birthday celebrations. It may be recalled
that the government and the political parties had
drawn flak from China after some CA members met
the Dalai Lama in Dharmasala, India, last year.
Hundreds of police were deployed in monasteries
and Tibetan refugee camps so as not to allow them go outside.

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