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Karmapa aide’s ‘affair’ alerts govt

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GAYA – The proximity between Gyngme Gyatso, an aide of Buddhist spiritual leader Karmapa who is in Bodh Gaya to attend Kalchakra Pooja, and a Chinese girl, Chen Yun Hann, has alerted state government agencies.

Gyatso was found “flirting” with Hann in a Bodh Gaya monastery late on Sunday evening. He was found in the girl’s room without any plausible excuse, intelligence sources said.

Sonam N Dagpo, additional secretary, department of information and international relations of the Tibetan government in exile, however, told TNN that the Tibetan authorities had not been formally informed about the incident. Only the local police officials are in a position to give an authentic version, Dagpo said.

According to well-placed sources, both the Karmapa aide and the Chinese girl were let off after questioning as no criminal offence was committed by them. However, the incident has alarmed the security and intelligence agencies as only three years back the Karmapa made a sensational escape from China- occupied Tibet.

The Karmapa was subsequently provided political asylum in the country despite the suspicion being expressed in some circles that the Karmapa did not escape from Tibet but has been planted by China as part of a strategy.

The girl is believed to have told official interrogators that she has been in regular touch with the Karmapa aide and had even been to Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh, the headquarters of the Tibetan government in exile. Alarmed intelligence officials have sent a report to the state police headquarters on the incident, police sources said, adding the intelligence officials are keeping a close watch on the Chinese girl. Though DM Brajesh Mehrotra could not be contacted, sources confirmed the administration has received a report on the incident.

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