HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police have beefed up security to thwart any anti-China activities in the Capital as this month commemorates the 54th anniversary of Tibet’s failed uprising against China on March 10, 1959 and Dalai Lama’s exile to India.
Officials said special security measures are also meant for maintaining law and order ahead of Xi Jinping’s succession to Hu Jintao as President of People’s Republic of China as the law enforcement agency had been tipped that Tibetan refugees were trying to stage protests to ‘condemn Chinese aggression against the Tibetan territory’.
Police have detained more than a dozen Tibetan exiles for their alleged suspicious activities, besides stepping up security in and around the Chinese Embassy, Consular Section, Swoyambhu, Boudha and Tibetan refugee centres to prevent potential anti-China demonstrations on the streets.
Officials have already warned Tibetans against stepping out of their respective places with an intent to stage anti-China protest saying that it would pose a threat to the national policy.
The Bhatbhateni-Baluwatar road section leading to the Chinese Embassy, Nagpokhari-Hattisar road section and Jaya Nepal-Krishna Pauroti Chowk have been declared no-vehicle zones for the time being. Traffic police have made diversions for the vehicles.
Officials said they were also concerned over the alleged self-immolation bids of some Tibetans in the wake of the February 13 incident when Drupchen Tsering, 22, set himself on fire on the premises of the Boudhanath Stupa ‘to protest the Chinese rule in Tibet’.
The Tibetan monk had succumbed to third-degree burn injuries the following day.
Nepal is home to some 22,000 Tibetan exiles, who started fleeing Tibet in 1959 after the Dalai Lama went into exile.