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Suspected Chinese spy arrested in Dharamsala

May 27, 2013

Dharamsala, May 23, 2013: Police claim to have arrested a suspected Chinese spy from Mcleod Ganj here.

Pema Tsering of Tibetan origin was arrested last evening on the complaint of Tibetan government's security agencies in Dharamsala, SP, Kangra, Balbir Thakur said.

"We were keeping an eye on him after receiving a written complaint from Tibetan security agencies about his suspicious activity and on Wednesday evening, we arrested him," Thakur said.

Police have recovered an Indian voter ID card and Aadhar card from Tsering's possession. Both the documents are registered at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

"We are verifying the validity of the documents recovered from his possession and whether he has obtained Indian citizenship as he possessed an Indian voter ID card," the SP said.

According to police, Tsering entered India in 2009 via Nepal to reach Dharamsala a few days ago. Referring to Tibetan intelligence reports, Thakur said Tsering was a member of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China and also served in the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) before coming to India.

Police are probing the matter, he said.

Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the Dalai Lama.

The SP said preliminary investigations revealed that Tsering stayed in Delhi for a few years before coming to Dharamsala few days ago. "During interrogations, the accused has admitted that he is ex-PLA personnel," Thakur said.

Police are trying to explore his links outside India, especially with China, he said.

In January 2009, another Chinese national Ley Xiuan was arrested here. Xiuan was reportedly in contact with high ranking Chinese military officials in Lhasa at the time of his arrest.

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