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Tibetan traders may face eviction in Shimla

Dozens of Tibetan traders in Shimla may face eviction as municipal authorities have served them with quit notices.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 09:01 IST

Dozens of Tibetan traders settled in Shimla may face eviction as municipal authorities have served them with quit notices.

The move comes in the wake of the anti-encroachment drive launched by the Shimla Municipal Corporation following the intervention of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Notices have been issued to hundreds of other squatters as well and many have already been forcibly ejected. It is the first time Tibetans, who run their business in the heart of this hill resort, have been asked to vacate their roadside premises.

According to an official of the municipal corporation, the move affects some 50 Tibetan shopkeepers who had makeshift stalls at the edge of the mall area. The Tibetan market, which sells cheap electronic goods, garments and woollen garments, attracts a large number of tourists.

The civic authorities had been debating the rehabilitation of Tibetans who have authorized shops in the market but no place has been identified as yet.

Himachal Pradesh is home to many Tibetans. The Tibetan flow to the hill state began after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1959 in the wake of an uprising against the Chinese communist regime.

The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile is based in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh.