Sunday, January 30, 2011

BREAKING: Police Take Karmapa for Questioning

The following story, and variations on the following story, ran in Indian media on January 29, 2011 at 14:35 IST

"Dharamshala: Indian security agencies have completed a round of questioning in Dharamshala of Tibetan leader Karmapa for his alleged Chinese links.

A team of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also been sent from Delhi for a possible second round.

The police in Dharmshala have arrested Karmapa's second accountant as well.

The police have taken him to another monastery where raids are taking place right now.

Authorities are probing a suspected plan of the Tibetan leader to buy land and establish China-friendly institutions across the Himalayan region.

Karmapa's accountant was held with Rs. 8.5 crore in cash meant to buy a 5-acre plot in in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

India believes that the Karmapa was planning to use this money to set up a new monastery that would be China-friendly, and would work on influencing others in the area to follow a similar bent.

NDTV spoke to the Deputy General secretary of Karmapa in Dharmshala, who said they have nothing to hide and are cooperating with investigative agencies.

Officials say this was the Karmapa's third attempt to buy land in Kangra. Earlier attempts in 2007 and 2008 were stalled after the RBI and Enforcement Directorate got involved in studying the source of funds."

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