BEIJING: Chinese police have arrested four Tibetans on charges of espionage while trying to take photographs of the Dalai Lama. A search of his phone found several suspicious pictures. According to media reports, one of the four accused includes a local village leader who was arrested on suspicion of possessing politically sensitive material.
A source confirmed on condition of anonymity that he had been arrested on suspicion of having pictures of the Dalai Lama on his mobile phone. Actually he has not done anything criminal and his family members are not losing hope. They are hoping for his early release." According to media reports, three PSB uniformed police officers entered the Jangchup Gefel Monastery in Dartsang Township and searched the prayer hall. The officers allegedly found a picture of the Dalai Lama on the altar. confiscated and all the concerned chiefs were called to the police station for further questioning.
According to media reports, this action by China is being seen by the Tibetan community in July with the celebration of the 86th birthday of the Dalai Lama and the centenary of the CPC as the authorities of Sethar County have prohibited any civil celebrations/festivals except government functions. Or monasteries and religious gatherings are banned. Six prominent Tibetans were arrested in Serthar County in April, including Gangke Drupa Kyabe, a writer and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, who worked as a teacher in Dartsang before moving to Drango County.