Security up to foil protest

KATHMANDU; The government has made an elaborate security arrangement to foil imminent anti-Beijing protest by Tibetan exiles in Nepal. This was announced today on the eve of 51st anniversary of March-10 failed uprising against Chinese rule.

Hundreds of security personnel have been deployed in the capital and elsewhere, especially focusing strategic points in and around Chinese Embassy, Consular Section, Bouddhanath and Tibetan refugee camps.

The government move follows mounting pressure from the northern neighbour to crackdown on Tibetans living in Nepal.

Till the filing of this report, no one was arrested. "All is going well. We haven't made any arrests," said SP Ganesh KC, in-charge, Metropolitan Police. He also refuted the reports that Thinley Gyatso, the Dalai Lama's 'ambassador' was detained.

Nepal has upheld Beijing's 'One China" policy -- that Tibet is an integral part of China.

DSP Pradhumna Karki, Kathmandu Operation In-charge, informed that around 1,000 security forces have been in position in the streets to prevent any untoward incidents. District Administration Office has declared Chinese Embassy, Consular Section and adjoining areas as no-go-area for protest.