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Tibetan govt fears threat to Dalai Lama’s life

india Updated: May 20, 2012 20:04 IST
Naresh Kumar
Naresh Kumar
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After Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama’s apprehensions of a “poison plot” by Chinese intelligence agencies to kill him, the Tibetan government in exile on Sunday feared a covert attack from Tibetan fundamentalist groups backed by Chinese authorities.

Asserting that efforts of the spiritual leader to reform and democratise Tibetan society have emboldened certain fundamentalists within community, acting prime minister of Tibean government in exile, Pema Chinjor said this relates to differences arising from the worship of the Shugden spirit, which the Dalai Lama had advised the Tibetan people from worshipping against.

“The primary group among these fundamentalists is the Dorje Shugden Devotees Charitable and Religious Society (DSDCRS) - the most violent fundamentalist group in the Tibetan community, with its headquarters in Delhi,” said Chinjor while interacting with media persons along with his cabinet collegue and security minister, Ngodup Dongchun.

“The Indian police have identified and charged DSDCRS of murdering three monks close to His Holiness, including his Chinese translator 1n 1997. A red corner notice was issued against two accused of the triple murder by Interpol in June 2007,” added Chinjor. This triple murder took place in Dharamsala very close to the Dalai Lama’s official residence.

“Various reports also point to the fact that the Chinese government is also covertly backing the Shugden fundamentalist groups while the leaders of an association called “North America Gelug Association”, met Chinese officials in New York several times and have also visited China on a regular basis,” said Chinjor.

Meanwhile, Chinjor revealed that according to reports received from a Tibetan working in Chinese security establishment it was learnt that Chinese intelligence agencies were not only making concrete plan to harm the Dalai lama but were also keeping a tab on his health.

“It was learnt that they are exploring the possibility of harming him by using ultra-modern and highly sophisticated drugs and poisonous chemicals and have also stepped up their clandestine efforts to collect intelligence on the status of, the Dalai Lama’s health as well as collecting physical samples of his blood, urine and hair,” said Chinjor.

“They are reportedly co-opting Tibetans inside Tibet to visit India with the intention of seeking an audience with him to this end,” he added.

Mentioning another report of 2010, Chinjor said Chinese intelligence agencies are making concrete plans to harm His Holiness by employing well-trained agents, particularly females.

Chinjor said though the Dalai Lama takes security threat to his person lightly, there are a variety of threats to his well-being that the security agencies are obliged to take it seriously.

“In recent years, Chinese government has launched an unprecedented offensive campaign against the Dalai Lama in and outside Tibet,” said Chinjor.

Tibetan government in exile working on adding chemical detectors in Dalai Lama Security.

In the wake of security threat to the life of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the democratically elected government disclosed that it was considering of adding chemical detector in the Dalai Lama security.

“We are working to add chemical detectors in his security,” minister for security Ngodup Dongchung told media persons.

On the presence of Chinese spies in this town, in Dharamsala, Dongchung said the possibility of the presence of agents of Chinese and even rival Shugden sect can’t be ruled out.

“We have our own mechanism to keep tab on suspicious activities of the exiles and the guests. We can’t claim that it’s 100 percent efficient but we are doing our best,” Dongchung said.