Tibetans in India call anti-China slogan on currency 'mischief'

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 12:00 hrs

Dharamsala, Feb 1 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile Friday termed as "a work of mischievous elements" the circulation here of Indian currency notes bearing an anti-China slogan.

"It has been brought to our notice that Rs.500 notes bearing 'Free Tibet, Free China' slogan are reportedly in circulation in Dharamsala. It could be the work of certain mischievous elements," the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said in a statement.

Police said a number of Rs.500 notes bearing the slogan were in circulation for the past three days.

"It's a serious offence. We are looking into it," Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur told IANS.

The CTA said the "incident is unfortunate as it comes at a time when Tibetans from India, Nepal and Bhutan are in New Delhi to express their solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet".

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese Communist rule in 1959.

Around 140,000 Tibetans now live in exile with over 100,000 of them in India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.

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