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Tibetans Returning to Tibet Stopped and Searched

January 23, 2012

DHARAMSHALA: Thousands of Tibetan devotees returning to Tibet after
the Kalachakra initiations are being arbitrarily stopped and
searched, reports coming from Tibet says.

Some twelve heavy security checkpoints have been placed from
Zhangmu at the Nepal-Tibet border till Lhasa. Extra units of
personnel from the Public Security Bureau were posted to stop and
search Tibetan devotees returning to Tibet from India through Nepal.

Medicines and religious artifacts brought by the Tibetan devotees
from their pilgrimage are being forcefully confiscated. Even
rosaries which is carried by almost every Tibetan are being
snatched away, a source said.

It is also reported that the Chinese security guards resort to
verbal abuse and physical threats when asked about reasons for
frisking them without any official warrants.

Around 8000 Tibetans from Tibet had come to India to attend the
recently concluded Kalachakra initiations by His Holiness the Dalai
Lama at Bodh Gaya.
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