12 Sep '11, 8am

Nepal arrests 20 Tibetan teens crossing from China

Nepal arrests 20 Tibetan teens crossing from China

KATHMANDU: Nepal has detained 20 Tibetan teenagers for entering the country illegally from China, police said Monday, weeks after the government assured Beijing that it would crack down on anti-China activity. The 15 boys and five girls, aged 16 to 18, were held at a remote western Himalayan village after crossing into Nepal on foot from China. "They were arrested by the local police on Sunday morning. They had trekked for 16 days," police spokesman Binod Singh told AFP. "A police official is accompanying them to Kathmandu. They will be handed over to the immigration authorities." They are expected to be given safe passage through Nepal under an informal agreement with the UN, which will help them to travel on to India, where the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama lives in exile. Hundreds of Tibetans make the difficult and dangerous journey to Nepal every year, fleein...

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