Acting Kalon Tripa Pema Chinnjor (l) and Minister for the Department of Security (CTA) Dongchung Ngodup (r) addressing a press conference on May 20, 2012 in Dharamshala. (Phayul photo)
DHARAMSHALA, May 21: The Dharamshala based Central Tibetan Administration has sent out a message of caution on the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, urging all concerned people to remain “vigilant and alert.”
At a press conference addressed by the acting Kalon Tripa Pema Chinnjor and Minister for the Department of Security, Dongchung Ngodup, yesterday, the CTA noted that the security of the Tibetan leader “is a matter of great concern.”
“Although His Holiness takes security threat to his person lightly, there are a variety of threats to his well-being that the security agencies are obliged to take it seriously,” the CTA release said.
The exile administration relayed earlier reports procured from a Tibetan working for the Chinese security establishment inside Tibet that Tibetan women were being trained to poison the Dalai Lama by “applying poison to their hair and to traditional greeting scarves.”
“According to reports received from Tibet in June 2010, Chinese intelligence agencies are making concrete plans to harm His Holiness by employing well-trained agents, particularly females,” Ngodup, who is serving for a second term as the Kalon for the security department, which has the primary responsibility of ensuring the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said.
“It is also learnt that they are exploring the possibility of harming him by using ultra-modern and highly sophisticated drugs and poisonous chemicals.“
The minister also revealed intelligence reports on Chinese agents trying to collect “blood, urine, and hair” samples of the 76-year old Tibetan leader.
“In another report received in October 2011, it is also learnt that Chinese intelligence agencies have stepped up their clandestine efforts to collect intelligence on the status of His Holiness’s health, as well as collecting physical samples of his blood, urine and hair,” Ngodup added. “They are reportedly co-opting Tibetans inside Tibet to visit India with the intention of seeking an audience with him to this end.”
Phayul had earlier reported
that the security of the Dalai Lama is scheduled to be reviewed shortly with an expected upgrade of technology and equipments to detect harmful chemicals.
Speaking to reporters, the CTA also expressed its gratitude to Government of India for the “efficient security arrangements provided to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”