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Seventeen Tibetans fleeing Chinese rule arrested in Dolakha

February 28, 2010

The Nepal News
February 26, 2010

Police on Thursday arrested 17 more Tibetans
while they were illegally sneaking into Nepali
soil from Lamabagar of Dolakha district.

The arrested Tibetans, who entered through
Nepal's open border with Tibet Autonomous Region
of China, include 10 men and 7 women. They did
not possess travel documents, reports said.

A police team from Gogar police post had arrested
the Tibetans fleeing Chinese rule in Tibet on
Thursday evening and handed them over to the District Police Office.

As there is public holiday tomorrow and the day
after, the district police plans to hand the
arrested Tibetans over to immigration department in Kathmandu on Monday.

The arrested Tibetans now face either deportation
to Tibet, imprisonment in the country or would be
handed over to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Last Saturday, police had arrested four Tibetans
from the same place in Dolakha while they were sneaking into Nepali soil.

Prior to that, 10 Tibetans were arrested by the
police while they were entering Nepal illegally
from Tibet via Lamabagar in Dolakha district on Jan 17.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans.
They began arriving in large numbers after the
Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising in 1959.

Following pressure from Beijing, Nepal has
tightened security along its border with Chinese
autonomous region Tibet in an attempt to prevent
influx of Tibetans in Nepal.
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