Latest March to Tibet: Uma Bharti held, released
Exhorting world leaders to come together on Tibet, firebrand sanyasin Uma Bharti on Tuesday began a march to Tibet against Chinese brutalities but was arrested and prevented from crossing the border.
Bharti, along with a dozen workers of Bharatiya Janshakti Party, started the march this afternoon after she addressed a rally at the hill resort of Joshimath in Chamoli district bordering Tibet.
Shouting slogans against China, Bharti proceeded toward Jumma village in Malari area where she was not allowed to proceed further and arrested.
"We arrested Bharti for breach of peace and later released her on personal bond," IG (Garhwal) Ashok Kumar said.
Jumma lies 60 km north of Joshimath from where the notified areas of inner lines begin. ITBP and other security agencies had been kept on standby alert in the area.
Earlier addressing the rally, Bharti said she was upset with the policies of both UPA and NDA over the Tibet issue and asked the Centre to condemn the Chinese brutalities.
"China wants to occupy Arunachal Pradesh and tomorrow it may say that Himachal and Uttarakhand are also its parts," she said. Later talking to PTI over phone, Bharti said she has appealed to world leaders to unite on the Tibet issue.
"This is a very sensitive issue and all the world leaders should come together against China. Human rights violations and brutalities in Tibet are rampant which is not an internal matter of China," she said.
Bharti also said she wrote letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP leader LK Advani asking them to come together on the issue and support the Tibetan cause.