According to a police order from the office of Superintendent of police (SP), Kangra district, Tibetans in the district were told to surrender their Refugee Certificates if they have obtained the Indian voter IDs from the Elections Commission as it poses some security complications, according to the office.
According to the letter from the SP office, there are around 1000 Tibetan Refugees having registered as voters and exercised their voting rights in the State Assembly Elections with 296 Tibetan refugees having exercised their franchise without surrendering their Refugee Certificates, RCs. It stated that possession of RCs indicate the Tibetans as foreign status whereas the acquisition of Indian voter I card enable them to prove themselves as Indian, creating security implications.
The letter directs those Tibetans to surrender their RCs at this office in one month’s time. “We have received the letter and it has been forwarded to the home and security department of the CTA. It is not in our purview,” the Tibetan settlement officer in Mcleodganj, Mr. Dawa Rinchen told in a report.
According to social media interactiona over the issue, some Tibetans claim that they obtained the Indian voter I cards for travel conveniences and not for the purpose of seeking Indian citizenship. In an informal discussion on social media, Mr. Rinchen guides the Tibetans as follows:
“Unofficially would like to give following tips. To surrender RC at FRO.
1.Prepare a simple application addressing to SP Police.
2.Copy of Voter ID
3.Copy of Adhaar card.
4.Letter from Ward councillor or Pradhan.
Note:- Do not forget to collect receipt when it is done.
Unofficially would like to give following tips.
To Surrender Voter ID.
1.Collect no 7 form SDM office electoral section and fill the form and get signed from voting area booth leader where you voted.
2.Go and deposit this form no 7 with original voter ID to SDM office electoral section.
Note:- Do not for get to collect receipt. When it is done.”