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Friday, 3 November, 2000, 16:52 GMT
Concern over Tibetans in Nepal
Tibetans in Little Tibet
The Tibetans came from Little Tibet in China
Two Tibetan refugess who were involved in a fatal clash with the Nepalese police last week are still missing, according to a Tibetan charity.

Kathmandu-based Tibetan Welfare Centre (TWC) said the two were part of a group of 24 Tibetan refugees who tried to enter Nepal on 27 October.

They fled when the Nepalese police tried to stop them and check their identity, according to reports.

One refugee died and two others were seriously injured when police opened fire on them.

Nine policemen were also injured in the stone-throwing by the fleeing Tibetans.

Concern

"We are very concerned about the two missing refugees," TWC chief Lhatse Samdrup told the BBC.

"They cannot speak Nepalese and do not have any proper identification on them."

Mr Samdrup said the police firing was very "unfortunate" and had "shocked" the Tibetan community in Nepal.

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama lives in exile in India
Nearly 18,000 people live in Nepal and every year, hundreds of others use it as a transit route to Dharmsala in India, where their spiritual leader - the Dalai Lama - lives.

Nepalese police usually arrest the Tibetans and hand them over to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Kathmandu, which then facilitates their onward journey to India.

"This process had been going on smoothly for the last three years. Now this sudden use of force gives an impression that Nepal has changed its policy against the Tibetans," Mr Samdrup said.

The Tibetan Welfare Society has asked the UNHCR to press the Nepalese Government for an enquiry into the incident.

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