Tibetan arrested for residing without registration

Konchok Tsering in police custody

Konchok Tsering being taken in to police custody. Tibet Sun/Contributor

By Anand Bodh

SHIMLA, India, 20 November 2012

A Tibetan national was arrested from Hamirpur for residing without mandatory registration certificate and for obtaining Indian voter I-card and ration card posing as an Indian citizen. The arrest has once again exposed how Tibetan refugees are using fraudulent ways of becoming Indian ctizens.

The arrested Tibetan national has been identified as Konchok Tsering, who was residing in Hamirpur for the past 5-6 years as Sohan Singh while for the past 17 years he was residing in the state without getting his registration certificate renewed. Tsering was running a Chinese fast food shop right in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office in Hamirpur. Police has registered a case under Section 420 of IPC and Foreigners Act against him.

Hamirpur SP Madhusudan Sharma said the accused had managed to get voter I-card and ration card. “How he managed documents are being investigated,” he said. Police had produced arrested accused before the court on Friday from where he was sent in judicial remand till 19 November.

According to cops, Tsering was living with his family in Kullu and in 1994 his registration certificate was made, but he had not renewed it since 1995 while for foreigners annual registration of this certificate is must as per the law, cops said.

Cops said in 2006, Kullu police had announced him an offender and had even informed Tibetan welfare office at Kullu and had even issued a notice to this effect. This is not the first time when Tibetan nationals have come under scanner for their suspicious activities.

In his detailed report on benami land deals submitted to state government recently one-man commission of Justice (retd) DP Sood had observed, “They seem to expand in villages, towns and cities, at least, in the state of Himachal Pradesh as is apparent from the transactions of land transferred by the individual Tibetans involved in the cases being considered by this commission as also having already been considered by the collectors of districts throughout the state.”

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