Two More Shugden Activists Identified as Murderers
(The Tribune | November 29, 1997)

Dharamsala: With the identification of four of the six suspects in the murder of a Tibetan religious guru, the state police has approached Interpol for their extradition. The accused are reportedly in Tibet.

According to Mr ID Bhandari, DIG (NORTH), a letter has been written to Interpol on November 19 to issue arrest warrants against the persons suspected to be involved in the triple murder which took place in February. The Principal of the Tibetan Dialectics Institute, Mr Lobsang Gyatso, was murdered along with two pupils by six persons in McLeod Ganj.

According to Mr Bhandari, it was learnt that the six murderers reached Lhasa after committing the crime and were safely escorted to their villages. The two accused who have now been identified include Thupten Choden and Lobsang Phuntsok. The two accused who had earlier been identified are Tenzin Choezin and Lobsang Chodak.

Sources said the six suspects, alleged to be Shugden cult followers, had crossed over to Tibet immediately after committing the crime and were escorted to their native villages by the Chinese Army.

The Kangra police had earlier arrested five Shugden supporters from Majnu-Ka-Tilla in Delhi for interrogation.

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