10 cases of Tibetans illegally buying Himachal land

April 8th, 2011 - 6:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, April 8 (IANS) There are 10 cases of Tibetan refugees purchasing land illegally in Himachal Pradesh in the last three years, the assembly was told Friday.

Revenue Minister Gulab Singh said, in a written reply, that out of 42 ‘benami’ (illegal) land deals found violating the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972, in the last three years, 10 cases relating to the Tibetans were detected.

He said the government found 234 cases of Tibetans encroaching upon government land by constructing houses. “The matter is under judicial scrutiny,” he said.

The minister said the government has not given permission to any Tibetan to buy land in the state in the last three years.

More than 50 years ago, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled into exile and established his government-in-exile near Dharamsala in Kangra district. The government is not recognised by any country.

A total of 27,542 Tibetan exiles live in the state, mainly in and around Dharamsala.

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