Second batch of Tibetans resumes ‘Return March To Tibet’

Dharamsala: Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress today launched a hunger strike to protest against China’s brutal crackdown on peaceful Tibetan demonstrators, reportedly killings of Tibetans. Tibetan business institutions and shops have remaine closed today to show of solidarity with fellow Tibetans inside Tibet. On the other hand second batch of Tibetan exiles resumed the planned peaceful “Return March to Tibet” from Dehra, in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, today. The march, defying Indian government’s order banning peaceful protests against China, was re-launched in wake of China’s brutal crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators going on inside Tibet.

A member of core committee said the march, defying Indian government’s order banning peaceful protests against China, was re-launched in wake of China’s brutal crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators going on inside Tibet.

Some Tibetan core marchers are walking this time, from Dehra to Delhi after the first group of 100 core marchers had been forcibly stopped and arrested by Kangra police at Dehra town.These 100 core marchers and two coordinators, who undertook the march from Dharamsala are currently held in judicial remand in a Yatri Nivas near Jawalamukhi. They have been sentenced to 14 days in judicial custody by the Sub Division Magistrate of Dehra after the protesters refused to sign a bond that they would not participate in any further protest activities for the next 6 months.

Meanwhile, Kangra police , have set up checkpoints on the roads leaving town and are reportedly checking all buses keeping close watch on any Tibetan protesters that may be trying to leave the area. Tibetans have complained of some buses even being turned back. Late night a group of Tibetans reached at Jawalamukhi to protest the arrest. they sit on Dharna in front of Yatri Niwas and raising slogans against China.

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