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Uma Bharati arrested on Indo-Tibet border

April 15, 2008 20:20 IST

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Bharatiya Janshakti Party leader Uma Bharati was on Tuesday arrested at the Indo-Tibet [Images] border while trying to enter the autonomous region of China in support of the people of Tibet fighting Chinese 'repression'.

Coverage: Tibet Revolts

Bharati, who took out a yatra from Joshimath to the border via Tapovan and Malari to protest against the Indian government's policy on the Tibet issue at around 1100 hours, was detained at Jumma village, on the fringe of the border by the police. She was booked under criminal procedure code 116 and 151 but released soon after, sources said.

When contacted by UNI from Delhi, Bharati admitted she was not carrying the passport with valid visa and her agitation was aimed at registering a protest against human rights violations in Tibet and India's policy towards Tibet.

Addressing a gathering there, she urged the sports organisations all over the world to appeal to the Chinese government to stop repression of the Tibetans as the Olympics [Images] should not be held under the shadow of human right violations.

She said Tibetans were non-violent in nature and never associated themselves with any terrorist organisation. Therefore, no violent force should be used to suppress their voice.

To a question, Bharati denied that she was interfering in the internal matter of China.

She said, "One can raise voice against human rights violations anywhere in the world."