Concerns over Dalai Lama’s security after Chinese spy’s arrest in Delhi

Lau Sang or Charlie Peng, who is accused in a 1,000 crore hawala racket, allegedly bribed some Tibetan monks living in Majnu-Ka-Tila, a Tibetan settlement in Delhi, to gather information on the Dalai Lama and his close aides
(AP File)
(AP File)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 11:26 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By, Dharamshala

The exiled Tibetan community residing here has expressed concern over the Dalai Lama’s security after a Chinese spy, who was allegedly snooping on the spiritual leader, was arrested in Delhi recently.

Lau Sang or Charlie Peng, who is accused in a 1,000 crore hawala racket, allegedly bribed some Tibetan monks living in Majnu-Ka-Tila, a Tibetan settlement in Delhi, to gather information on the Dalai Lama and his close aides.

Sang, who was holding a fake Indian passport, created a web of sham companies to launder hawala funds and paid 3 lakh each to some monks in Majnu-Ka-Tila to spy on the Dalai Lama.

Deputy speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, on the sidelines of a press conference, said it was a concerning matter and the Government of India should stay alert.

“Chinese come here for trade, but the real motive remains something else,” he said.

Though he was caught, he must have sent some vital information not only about the Dalai Lama or the exiled government, but also about the Indian establishments to his handlers, added Phuntsok.

He said it was not the first instance of China sending a spy to snoop on Dalai Lama.

“Whenever we hold some programme in Delhi or other places, they come under the garb of media personnel. We can’t prevent their entry as they are given visa by the Indian government,” said Phuntsok.

He said the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), its security department and state agencies looking after the Dalai Lama’s security details were fully alert.

Reportedly, a man of Tibetan origin was arrested in Dharamshala in 2013 for spying for China. Later, it was revealed that he was working as a double agent and was on the rolls of Indian intelligence agencies.


Meanwhile, veteran BJP leader and former chief minister Shanta Kumar has expressed deep concern over the matter and demanded that the centre and state governments ramp up Dalai Lama’s security.

“It is quite disturbing that a Chinese agent was residing in India for such a long time carrying out hawala transactions and snooping on the Tibetan spiritual leader,” Shanta said in a statement issued here. He suggested chief minister Jai Ram Thakur to meet officials in Delhi and seek a thorough probe into the racket.


    Naresh K Thakur is a staff reporter in Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. Based at Dharamshala, he covers Tibetan affairs, local politics and environmental issues.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The festival was one of the ambitious projects proposed in the Rozgaar Budget 2022-23. (File image)

    Delhi to host India’s biggest shopping festival in 2023: CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi will host its first ever government-backed shopping festival from January 28 to February 26 next year, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Wednesday. The festival will have 200 concerts for entertainment, food walks and will also offer huge discounts on products. Kejriwal said the festival will boost employment and the city's economy. The chief minister said people will also get a glimpse of Delhi's art and culture in the shopping festival.

  • YSRCP MLA from Nellore, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy sitting beside an overflowing drain in Umma Reddy Gunta.

    Andhra Pradesh MLA enters overflowing drain as mark of protest. Watch

    This time, an Andhra Pradesh legislator sat beside an overflowing drain in Nellore with YSR Congress MLA from Nellore Rural constituency, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy's legged dipped in it as a mark of protest against the authorities alleging they ignored the repeated request to clean the drain. The legislator also warned that he will come again and sit in the drain in the Umma Reddy Gunta area if the authorities fail to clean it.

  • A screengrab of the viral video. (ANI)

    Eknath Shinde's wife plays drums to welcome the new Maharashtra CM | Watch

    A video of his wife, Lata Shinde, who welcomed back by playing drums playing the drums is going viral on social media. Read Didn't betray, revolted against injustice, Shinde andBJP's Devendra Fadnavis in Maha Assembly On June 30, saysMaharashtra chief minister Eknath Shindee, who was made the deputy CM in the new governmentr – were sworn in. The 'dissident' Shiv Sena faction has as many as 40 MLAs, which means that it can claim to be the 'real' Shiv Sena.

  • As Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has prohibited eateries from automatically or by default levying service charges on food bills, restaurateurs feel this isn’t in the welfare of their staff. (Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)

    Staff will suffer, feels restauranteurs; customers happy

    On Monday, the Central Consumer Protection Authority prohibited eateries from automatically or by default levying service charges on food bills. This decision has left restaurateurs feeling anxious as they think this isn't in the welfare of their staff. Prabhat Verma, who runs a food group, DRAG, says he's happy and excited with this change. Another foodie, Priyanka Talreja, says as a customer and frequent visitor to restaurants, it was a much-needed move.

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (right) with deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the state assembly on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

    ‘Biggest proof of honesty’: Kejriwal, Sisodia hail CAG report on surplus revenue

    A day after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in an audit report that Delhi has been recording a revenue surplus since 2015, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the numbers are the “biggest proof” of the Aam Aadmi Party's “honesty”. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia presented the 2021 CAG report on state finances, for the financial year ending March 2020, in the Delhi assembly on Tuesday.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 06, 2022