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Nepali police arrest 5 Tibet bound Tibetans

February 8, 2010

Phayul
February 6, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb. 6 -- Nepali Police yesterday
arrested five Tibetans including a woman at the
Boudhanath temple area, an area with strong
concentration of Tibetan refugees in the Nepali capital Kathmandu.

The exact reason for their arrest is yet unknown.
Sources however say the Tibetans were on their
way back to Tibet after pilgrimage to India.
Several Tibetans had arrived in India last month
as the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama gave religious discourse in Bodhgaya.

The Tibetans have been identified as Sonam
Tharchen, 35; Lobsang Tashi, 22; Lobsang Tsondru,
27; Rigzin, 24; and Tsering Dolma. The Tibetans
are currently held at the Boudhanath police station.

With the Tibetan New Year drawing near, sources
say that Nepali police have been carrying out frequent searches in the area.

Following the massive anti-China unrest in Tibet
in 2008, China has sent a flurry of high-level
official delegations to force Nepal to ensure it
effectively curbs "Free-Tibet activities" on its
soil. In return China promises to increase
assistance to the crisis-ridden country.

Tibetans exiles in Nepal in 2008 staged some of
the most dramatic and sustained demonstrations in
Kathmandu, targeting the Chinese embassy, its
visa office and the United Nations after unrest
against Chinese rule in Tibet faced brutal Chinese military crackdown.

To apparently please China, in 2008, the then
Nepal's Maoist-led government even threatened
deportation of Tibetan exiles staying in the country illegally.

According to statistics, Nepal is home to over
20,000 Tibetans refugees concentrated mainly in
the Kathmandu valley and Pokhara in western Nepal.
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