The Himachal Pradesh Police on Thursday claimed to have arrested a man of Tibetan origin, suspected to be a ‘Chinese spy’, from McLeodganj - the headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-exile.
According to police sources, the arrest came after it received a complaint from the security agencies of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. The accused, identified as Pema Tsering, was arrested late on Wednesday.
Kangra Superintendent of Police Balbir Thakur confirmed his arrest and said, “Tsering who came to India in 2009 via Nepal was living in Delhi. Only some days ago he came to Dharamsala. We were keeping an eye on him after receiving a written complaint from the Tibetan security agencies about his suspicious activity and arrested him on Wednesday evening.”
He further said that according to the intelligence inputs of Tibetan authorities, the accused was a member of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China and also served in the People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF).
Meanwhile, the police have recovered an Indian voter ID card and an Aadhar card from Tsering. Both the documents were registered at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
“We are verifying the documents recovered from him and whether he has actually obtained Indian citizenship,” said Thakur. Sources said that during the initial interrogation the accused has admitted that he was an ex-PLA personnel.