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4 luxury vehicles seized from Tibetan monastery

August 3, 2011

Pratibha Chauhan/TNS


Shimla, July 21
On a tip-off from central intelligence agencies, the police today seized four high-end luxury vehicles from the Sherabling monastery in Bhattu, the abode of Tai Situ Rimpoche, the spiritual guru of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjee.
The latest haul of four luxury vehicles seized by the police follows reports that these vehicles had been brought into the country from Bhutan allegedly evading heavy import duty.
Since the duty had not been paid on them, the vehicles had been plying with Bhutanese numbers in Kangra, Mandi and Kullu where some Tibetan monasteries were located.
The four vehicles include a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, interestingly both bearing the same number - BHT- 27. Other vehicles were a Japanese Isuzu Trooper bearing number - BG-2-0179 and a Mitsubishi van bearing number - BP-1-0055.
On June 10, the police had seized a Toyota Land Cruiser, plying in Kangra, Mandi and Kullu areas. These vehicles had been plying illegally as neither they had been registered or insured in India nor they were being run with Bhutanese number plates on it.
Even at that time it had come to the notice of the police that around six such vehicles with Bhutanese numbers were being used by various Tibetan monasteries.
SR Mardi, ADGP, Law and Order, said the issue of illegal plying of luxury vehicles in the state had been brought to his notice as well.
“We will take cognisance of such vehicles with Bhutanese number plates and registration certificate being in use in the state without valid documents,” he said.
The central intelligence agencies had alerted the state police about the use of such vehicles by Tibetans.

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