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Nepal deploys additional armed force on Tibet border, arrests four Tibetans

February 23, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
February 22, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb 22 -- Four Tibetan nationals,
including three women, were arrested Saturday
from Nepal's Dolakha district after escaping
Chinese-occupied Tibet, according to a Nepalese media report on Sunday.

The four Tibetans did not possess travel
documents and could be deported back to Tibet,
according to Nepalnews online, which quoted police as saying.

A Nepali national was also held on suspicion of
helping them to cross the Tibetan border, police
said adding all five persons have been handed
over to the immigration department in Kathmandu.

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

According to Dolakha DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh
Tibetans walk for four-five days through the
jungles to reach Dolakha. "They usually get ill
by the time they reach here. We thus have to take
them for health check-up before initiating
investigations," Singh told My Republica.

Three VDCs in Dolakha -- Lamabagar, Alampu and Gaurishankhar -- border Tibet.

The latest arrests took place amidst report of an
additional manpower of the Armed Police Force
(APF) has been deputed in Mustang for the
security in the border with Tibet by Nepal government.

The additional deployment of armed police comes
two weeks before the sensitive Tibetan National
Uprising Day to be marked on March 10.

The battalion commander of Chandika APF
Battalion, Madan Singh Khadka, said additional 19
APF personnel were sent to the border security
post set up at Lomanthang from the battalion, My Republica reported Monday.

With this, Khadka said, the post has 46 APF personnel.

Acting under heavy Chinese influence, the
Nepalese government has lately over intensified
its security to prevent Tibetan activists from
taking part in peaceful demonstrations.

Nepal last year announced its decision to tighten
Tibet border by deploying armed police for the
first time in its history along its northern
Mustang-Tibet border, raising criticism that the
move was prompted by pressure from China.

Lomanthang, Chhoser, Charang, Surkhang, Ghami and
Chhuncha of Mustang are linked with the border with Tibet.

More than 30 Tibetans have been arrested in past
six months in Nepal for trying to cross the
border to reach Dharamsala in India to meet the Dalai Lama.

Past estimates suggest between 2,500 and 3,000
Tibetans escape Tibet and enter Nepal each year
on their way to Dharamsala, the seat of Tibetan
Government-in-Exile in north India.

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 the Chinese Communist regime.

Police had arrested five Tibet-bound 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 from Tibet
via Lamabagar in Dolakha district on January 17.
On January 19 Nepalese authorities gain arrested
two more Tibetans from the same area.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans
concentrated mainly in the Kathmandu valley and Pokhara in western Nepal.
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