July 25, 2006

Tibet: Nepal Immigration Deports 5 Tibetan Monks to India

Nepal Police of Thankot Police Check Post on the edge of Kathmandu Valley at around 5 AM today arrested 5 Tibetans monks who were traveling from India to Nepal without carrying any valid travel document. This is second such arrest of Tibetans in a period of over one month by Thankot Police Check Post

Nepal Police of Thankot Police Check Post on the edge of Kathmandu Valley at around 5 AM today arrested 5 Tibetans monks who were traveling from India to Nepal without carrying any valid travel document. This is second such arrest of Tibetans in a period of over one month by Thankot Police Check Post.
The arrested monks are identified as Jigme, Jampa Khenpo, Jampa Tsering, Wangdu Gyaltsen and Chemi from Namdroling Monastery of Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in South India and Zongshar Moanstery of Chauntara Tibetan Settlement in North India. They were reportedly attending the inauguration ceremony of reincarnation of Traruk Rinpoche in Kathmandu.

They were sent to the Department of Immigration at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu where they were fined Nepali Rupees 36,945 in total and deported back to Indo-Nepal border of Bhairahwa/Sunauli this evening with an Immigration Officer.
Many Tibetans face similar problem every now and then while traveling between Nepal and India, some get away by paying money but some are not so lucky. It would be good if Tibetan authorities try to find a legal way to solve this problem that the Tibetans have been facing for over 40 years now.

Monk Jigme was furious and said, "I have traveled to Nepal hundred of times but this is the first time I am facing such problem. The Tibetan authorities in Nepal and India and the Tibetan Media should inform all Tibetans who are traveling between Nepal and India about all these problems and especially all the travel agents in New Delhi should inform Tibetan travelers about such problems and we Tibetans should try to find a solution to this problem; we all have Indian RC (Refugee Certificate) but it is not useful to traveling to Nepal".

Legally Tibetans can get visa to Nepal with the travel document issued by Indian Government but since it requires some legal procedure and could take up to a month, Tibetans prefer to travel by various other means.

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