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Around 60 Tibetans detained in Delhi ahead of torch relay

india Updated: Apr 17, 2008 17:01 IST

Around 60 Tibetans were detained in the national capital on Thursday as they attempted to block roads and entered into minor clashes with police in various parts of the city coinciding with the Olympic torch event.

The protesters emerged at various places in small numbers and tried to break the security cordon besides shouting slogans against China for the "atrocities" committed in Tibet.

Thirty-two Tibetans were detained from Dhaula Kuan at one am. When they entered into a scuffle with police who thwarted their attempt to lay siege to the route through which the Olympic torch was to pass through after its arrival here.

The incident took place minutes before the special aircraft carrying the torch landed in the airport at 1:10 am
About two hours later, around 30 Tibetans arrived at the Le Meridian hotel, where the torch was reportedly kept, and started shouting slogans.

While police detained about eight Tibetans, the others were chased away by security personnel.

The protests intensified as the day progressed and more Tibetans youth were detained as they held protests in the vicinity of Rajpath, the torch run venue.

Three youth each were detained from Ashoka Road and Raisina Road while around 12 others were picked up from near India Gate, which is the culmination point of the relay run.

In the first protest outside hotel during the day, two Tibetans, one of them a woman, were detained after they attempted to stage a protest.

The hotel is located near Rajpath, the designated route for the Olympic torch relay.

A large number of security personnel, including Rapid Action Force men armed with assault rifles, were deployed near the hotel.

Personnel of elite National Security Guards, BSF and ITBP were also deployed near the hotel later in the afternoon.

Around 60 Tibetans were detained in the national capital on Thursday as they attempted to block roads and entered into minor clashes with police in various parts of the city coinciding with the Olympic torch event.

The protesters emerged at various places in small numbers and tried to break the security cordon besides shouting slogans against China for the "atrocities" committed in Tibet.

Thirty-two Tibetans were detained from Dhaula Kuan at one am. When they entered into a scuffle with police who thwarted their attempt to lay siege to the route through which the Olympic torch was to pass through after its arrival here.

The incident took place minutes before the special aircraft carrying the torch landed in the airport at 1:10 am
About two hours later, around 30 Tibetans arrived at the Le Meridian hotel, where the torch was reportedly kept, and started shouting slogans.

While police detained about eight Tibetans, the others were chased away by security personnel.

The protests intensified as the day progressed and more Tibetans youth were detained as they held protests in the vicinity of Rajpath, the torch run venue.

Three youth each were detained from Ashoka Road and Raisina Road while around 12 others were picked up from near India Gate, which is the culmination point of the relay run.

In the first protest outside hotel during the day, two Tibetans, one of them a woman, were detained after they attempted to stage a protest.

The hotel is located near Rajpath, the designated route for the Olympic torch relay.

A large number of security personnel, including Rapid Action Force men armed with assault rifles, were deployed near the hotel.

Personnel of elite National Security Guards, BSF and ITBP were also deployed near the hotel later in the afternoon.