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IB issues alert that many refugees settled in northeast India are being paid and offered jobs by China in exchange for strategic information.

New Delhi: Amid rising India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a string of alerts warning that Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India are being approached by China to provide strategic information about the area.

While China has reportedly managed to convince a number of young Tibetan refugees to work as its spies in exchange for money, it is aiming to recruit many more, IB sources told ThePrint.

According to the alert, based on which a detailed report will soon be submitted to the government, China had been eyeing disgruntled Tibetan refugees in the region for the past two years. Sources said that many of the refugees it has recruited have already left for China.

“We received an alert stating that young Tibetan refugees settled in areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India are moving to China. We learnt that China is trying to recruit the refugees as spies in the area,” a source said. 

“It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information.”

The local police in the concerned states have also been sounded out about the alert. A report is being prepared and will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which a scrutiny of Tibetan refugees in the area may start.

“The present generation of Tibetan refugees is very volatile and vulnerable. While they wish to have a good lifestyle, they do not have any job opportunities. This is what the Chinese took advantage of to plant their spies,” the source said.

“The Chinese reportedly not only promise them good money in exchange for information, but also a good job and education for their children in China. However, it is still not known as to how many refugees the Chinese have been able to mobilise.”

Asked about the IB alert, a Home ministry official said: “It may be a possibility. We will look into it.”

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  1. tibet income percapita 6000 Usd compare india less than 2000 usd, so poor refurge, wrong choice, poor indian itself goes to hongkong china as asylum seeker

  2. Asked about the IB alert, a Home ministry official said: “It may be a possibility. We will look into it.”
    It seems clueless HM officials are too busy spying on political opponents rather than working hard on security interest of India.

  3. Most of the tibetans including myself has a great love for india.infact,being buddhists our very being itself has been infused by sublime indian thought.we tibetans should help to keep it safe and strong.not otherwise.i love india…

  4. Most of the tibetans including myself has a great love for india.infact,being buddhists our very being itself has been infused by sublime indian thought.we tibetans should help to keep it safe and strong.not otherwise.i love india…

  5. Given the type of detailed, highly technical information available to the Chinese over the last two decades, this most damaging material is unlikely to come from disaffected Tibetan youth in Arunachal Pradesh. Rather than victimizing and casting suspicion on these small and largely defenseless Tibetan communities, the Intelligence Bureau might be better served examining and looking for disaffection in the present and past senior ranks of the Indian military in Arunachal Pradesh.

  6. What stops us from inducting the refugees into the border police / army? Keep them occupied – it will go a long way in retaining & boosting their faith in India.
    An idle mind is a devils workshop.

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