Suspected Chinese spy arrested from Dharamsala

Dharamsala

Police today claimed to have arrested a 33-year-old man of Tibetan origin from Mcleodganj here on the suspicion of being a Chinese spy.

Pema Tsering was arrested last evening on the complaint of Tibetan government's security agencies in Dharamsala, Superintendent of Police (Kangra) Balbir Thakur said.

"We were keeping an eye on him after receiving a written complaint from Tibetan security agencies about his suspicious activity and on Wednesday evening, we arrested him," Thakur said.

Police have recovered an Indian voter ID card and Aadhar card from Tsering's possession. Both the documents are registered at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

"We are verifying the validity of the documents recovered from his possession and whether he has obtained Indian citizenship as he possessed an Indian voter ID card."

"It is matter of concern as to how Tsering got voter card in January 2011 and an Aadhar card in July 2011 from Delhi. Investigation is on, central intelligence officials might also join the probe," the SP said.

An FIR has been registered against Pempa under relevant sections of IPC, Foreign Registration Act and section 21 of Citizenship Act.

According to police, preliminary investigations have shown that Tsering stayed in Delhi for a few years before coming to Dharamsala.

Referring to Tibetan intelligence reports, Thakur said Tsering was a member of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China and also served in the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) before coming to India.

"During interrogations, the accused has admitted that he is ex-PLA personnel and Public Secrecy Bureau of China, but then left it to come to India in 2009 via Kathmandu," he said, adding Tsering was living in Narbulinga near the residence of Karmapa Lama for past one year.

Police are trying to explore his possible links outside India, especially with China.

Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and the Dalai Lama.

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