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60 Tibetans detained near Chinese Embassy in Delhi
March 17, 2008 20:32 IST
Around 60 Tibetans were on Monday detained in New Delhi as they attempted to storm the Chinese Embassy during an anti-China protest, the police said.
The protesters, shouting anti-China slogans, tried to barge into the embassy building in the high-security Chanakyapuri area, a senior police official said. The police stopped them from entering the embassy premises and took 60 of them into preventive custody, the official said.
Security in and around the Embassy has been beefed up following a series of anti-China protests by Tibetans to express solidarity with their countrymen. A heavy police force has been deployed around the embassy and police was keeping a tight vigil.
Some of the peripheral roads around the embassy have been closed for traffic and pickets have been set up to ensure that no unwanted person reaches the complex.
Meanwhile, a group of Tibetan students, who planned to hold a candlelight vigil at the India Gate, were stopped from doing so by the police.
On March 14, 50 Tibetans were detained when they tried to enter the Chinese Embassy premises forcefully, and on March 12, the police had detained 36 Tibetan women who also had tried to storm into the complex.
The anti-China protests began after violence erupted in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, last week when protesters, led by Buddhist monks, clashed with Chinese troops and burnt vehicles and shops in the biggest demonstrations in two decades against the Chinese rule.