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26february20101Dharamshala: Nepali Police on Thursday arrested 17 more Tibetan refugees while they were crossing from Lamabagar of Dolakha district, near Tibet-Nepali Border.

The arrested Tibetan refugees, who entered through Nepal's open border with Tibet, include 10 men and 7 women. They did not possess travel documents, Nepal News said.

"A police team from Gogar police post had arrested the Tibetans fleeing Chinese rule in Tibet on Thursday evening and handed them over to the District Police Office.

As there is public holiday tomorrow and the day after, the district police plans to hand the arrested Tibetans over to immigration department in Kathmandu on Monday.

The arrested Tibetans now face either deportation to Tibet, imprisonment in the country or would be handed over to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)."

Last Saturday, police had arrested four Tibetans from the same place in Dolakha while they were crossing Tibe-Nepal border.

Prior to that, 10 Tibetans were arrested by the police while they were entering Nepal without valid travel documents from Tibet via Lamabagar in Dolakha district on Jan 17.

Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans. They began arriving in large numbers after Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising in 1959.

Following strong pressure from the communist regime of China, Nepal has forced to tighten up security along its border with Tibet.

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