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Nepal Maoists accuse India of instigating Tibetans
Kathmandu, Mar 1 (IANS/Agencies):
Published on 2 Mar. 2010 12:42 AM IST
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Nepal’s former Maoist guerrillas have accused India of instigating anti-China activities in Nepal. The Maoist mouthpiece, the Janadisha daily, Monday said Nepal was becoming the playground of supporters of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader whose government-in-exile runs from Inddia’s Dharamshala town. The Maoist report came after a spurt in the number of Tibetan refugees trying to escape from China-controlled Tibet to Dharamshala through Nepal. In the last seven months, Nepal police have arrested 40 Tibetans in Dolkaha alone, a district in northern Nepal near Tibet, after they were found travelling without any documents. Of them, 15 are women. A Nepali daily Monday reported that the increased flight of Tibetans through Dolakaha had caused concern in the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu with a two-member team of Chinese officials visiting the district to hold talks with border and police officials. Three villages in Dolkaha share the border with Tibet. The Nagarik daily also said that the Chinese officials had alleged that the Tibetans were heading for Dharamshala to receive training in terrorist activities targeting the Chinese government. The Maoist daily claimed that large sums of money were being spent to bring the Tibetans into Nepal. It was being claimed that the money was given by India, though there were no official comments, the paper said. The Maoists, now sitting in the opposition, also used the Tibetan refugee issue to flay the present coalition government, saying it was unable to prevent anti-China activities though it continued to say it supported the One China policy of Beijing that regards Tibet to be an integral part of the Chinese republic. Every year, hundreds of Tibetans, mostly monks, nuns and children, risk the trek through snowy passes to try reach India via Nepal. They say they make the dangerous journey as they are unable to freely practice the Buddhist religion and follow Tibetan culture under the Chinese government. China refuses to recognise Tibetan refugees, calling them instead illegal immigrants who should be punished according to the law of the land.

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