Dalai Lama
Onlanka News –
By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sunday Telegraph of London quoting the Tibetan government in exile said China is hunting through its well trained agents to collect bodily specimens of Dalai Lama with the intention of harming him.

Kashag or the government in exile of Tibet spokesman has told the AFP, French news agency that there are a variety of threats to the spiritual leader’s life by well trained Chinese agents, particularly females.

Kashag said in a statement,  “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.”

“It is also learnt that they are exploring the possibility of harming him by using ultra-modern and highly sophisticated drugs and poisonous chemicals.” Dongchung Ngodup, minister of security in the cabinet told AFP news agency the government was informed about these threats by sources inside Tibet.

“We have our own intelligence network in Tibet and we received these reports from our sources there,” he said.

He added that officials met with Indian agencies a few days ago to review the Dalai Lama’s security and upgrade safety measures at his temple complex in the north Indian hill town of Dharamshala.

Earlier this month the Dalai Lama told The Sunday Telegraph that he had been informed of a plot to assassinate him, using Tibetan women posing as devotees seeking his blessing.

In the interview, the Dalai Lama said he was told the Tibetan women would be wearing poisonous scarves and have poisonous hair.

“They were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch,” he said. But he added that there was “no possibility to cross-check, so I don’t know”. Its Tibetan custom to touch scarf of a person and bless it.

China reacted angrily, with a foreign ministry spokesperson accusing him of “spreading false information, deceiving the world and confusing the public”.

Beijing routinely accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking to split Tibet from the rest of China – a claim the Nobel Peace Prize laureate denies, saying he only seeks greater autonomy for the Himalayan region.

Many Tibetans in China complain of political and religious persecution under Chinese rule – which Beijing denies – and this resentment has been blamed for a spate of self-immolations in Tibetan-inhabited areas since last year.