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Himachal State to Keep Tab on Tibetans

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Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said Tueday the Himachal Pradesh government will set up an investigation wing to keep tabs on the activities of Tibetan exiles settled across the state.

“We will set up a Tibetan refugee unit in the state intelligence department in Shimla and a refugee cell in Dharamsala to monitor the activities of the exiles settled in the state,” Dhumal was quoted as saying in an official statement. “The refugee unit would be set up in consultation with the union ministries of home affairs and external affairs.”

In the wake of the seizure of unaccounted money from a monastery of the Tibetan religious leader the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje., he asked New Delhi to explain whether Tibetans are guests or refugees. "I have asked the prime minister and the home minister to clarify whether the Tibetans are our guests or refugees,” the IANS news quoted him as saying.

The state is home to a total of 27,542 Tibetans, most of them living at and around Dharamsala.

Dhumal also demanded that the central government to fully reimburse the security expenditure being incurred on the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa by the state government.

Mr Dhumal has also demanded that the Government of India fully reimburse the security expenditure being incurred on the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa by the state government.

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