Indian Govt. Orders Restriction of Unidentified Tibetans Meeting Dalai Lama

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives of thousands of visitors from across the world every year at his residence in Dharamsala, India. However, following the security concerns from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Central Government of India, the local police has been instructed to restrict Tibetans with unverified identity from meeting His Holiness.

The Ministry for Home Affairs has issued an advisory to the Kangra police to restrict meeting of people having unverified identity with the Dalai Lama. A letter has been written to local police in the recent past.” said the report in the Tribune on Wednesday which was confirmed by the Superintendent of Police, Kangra who has informed that the directive has already been forwarded to the contingent of the Himachal police guarding the Dalai Lama.

“We have already issued directions that people with unverified identity cannot be allowed to meet the Dalai Lama in view of security concerns” SP Kangra said according to the report, wherein the specification mainly pertains to people coming from Tibet through the porous borders with Nepal to seek audience with the Dalai Lama without proper identification documents.

According to the report, the advisory from MHA comes after some monks from Tibet had come to meet the Dalai Lama recently. Nine such monks from Tibet had come to Dharamsala during the Thank You India event organised by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in the month of March.

While authorities from Central Tibetan Authorities are taking up the matter with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to allow the Tibetan monks to come and meet the Dalai Lama, as of now the access to meet His Holiness for those coming from Tibet with unverified antecedents would remain restricted. The step has been taken in view of the security of the Dalai Lama.

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