16 Tibetan kids told to leave state – Shugden adherents as refugees

Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, September 27, 2007

Kangra SP Gyaneshwar Singh under Section 3(2) of the Foreign Registration Act has issued notices to 16 Tibetan children, who entered the country via Nepal by obtaining special entry permit, to leave Himachal Pradesh within one week.

The SP said there was resentment prevailing among the Tibetan community against these children and a problem of law and order could emerge in McLeodganj Therefore, they had been asked to move out of the state, he said.

These children were allegedly the followers of Shugden sect of the Tibetans, who were ideologically against the supremacy of the Dalai Lama. They were basically hardliners and were allegedly indulging in violent activities that could lead to breach of peace.

As per the reports available, these children in the age group of 13 years to 18 years belongto the Gedang area of Tibet had arrived at McLeodganj on July 15 this year for Tibetan studies and since then they were kept in Tibetan Reception Centre, a temporary hostel run by the Tibetan government for the new arrivals from Tibet.

The SP has issued notices to these children to leave the state reacting to a complaint filed by the Tibetan administration. They had come here on valid documents.

The fate of these children is not known as either, the Union Government will deport them back to China where they may land into jail or the district police will arrest them as per the law of the land after one week, the expiry of the notice period. The Tribune correspondent tried to meet the children but the Tibetan authorities did not allow him to meet them.