Cops investigate threats against Dalai Lama

AFP, Oct. 15, 2002
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Police are investigating threats to kill Tibetan refugees and their spiritual head, the <A HREF="http://www.apologeticsindex.org/d14.html" "javascript:void(0);" onmouseover="return overlib('Click for research resources on this subject’, CAPTION, ‘Link Info…’, HAUTO, VAUTO, SNAPX, ‘5’);” onmouseout=”return nd();”>Dalai Lama, if they do not leave India, media reports said Tuesday.

The threats — on posters in English and using abusive and derogatory language against the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan refugees — were found pasted at a number of places in Dharamsala.

The posters were signed by an unknown group called Himachal Liberation Front, though police said they suspected that <A HREF="http://www.apologeticsindex.org/h09.html" "javascript:void(0);" onmouseover="return overlib('Click for research resources on this subject’, CAPTION, ‘Link Info…’, HAUTO, VAUTO, SNAPX, ‘5’);” onmouseout=”return nd();”>Hindu organisations or the militant Tibetan Shugden sect to be behind the incident.

Sanjay Kundu, a senior police official in Dharamshala, which is home to the Tibetan government in exile, said an inquiry had been initiated into the poster campaign, the report said.

Security for the Dalai Lama had also been beefed up, it added. The threats come on the heels of the successful completion of the first ever Miss Tibet beauty pageant.

A section of the Tibetan refugees believed the Shudgen sect could be behind the poster campaign, which could widen a rift between the local Indians and the Tibetan refugees, the report said.

In recent years, there have been several clashes between the two groups, with the situation only quietening down after the Dalai Lama himself intervened.

“It is an attempt to create uncertainity among the Tibetans,” a report quoted Toma Jugney, the chairman of the Tibetan People’s Deputies or parliament as telling reporters.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after an abortive uprising in 1959 and established the government-in-exile.

China, which has ruled Tibet since 1951, has been accused of trying to wipe out its <A HREF="http://www.apologeticsindex.org/b13.html" "javascript:void(0);" onmouseover="return overlib('Click for research resources on this subject’, CAPTION, ‘Link Info…’, HAUTO, VAUTO, SNAPX, ‘5’);” onmouseout=”return nd();”>Buddhist-based culture through political and religious repression and a flood of ethnic Chinese immigration.

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