‘Tibetan protestor breaches Wen Jiabao's security’
(NDTV | April 10, 2005)
The Chinese Premier's two-day visit to Bangalore ended on a tense
note after a Tibetan activist breached the high security cordon
when Wen Jiabao was at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
Wen Jiabao was in Bangalore to showcase the strengths of Indo-Chinese
cooperation in science and IT and woo Indian industry to boost
While the Chinese Prime Minister was meeting scientists on the
ground floor of the IISc building, a Tibetan protestor held a
dramatic protest on the roof.
Tenzing Tsundue, the general secretary of the Friends of Tibet,
appeared on top of the Indian Institute of Science building.
He hoisted the Free Tibet banner in full glare of the international
There were tense moments as police feared the youth might jump from
Though the police managed to arrest him, the protestor had already
strewn the campus with Free Tibet literature and rent the Sunday
afternoon quiet with his slogan "Azaadi hona chahiye" (we want
"There is a lapse. There is no doubt about it," said Kishore Chandra,
joint commissioner of police, Karnataka.
The 40,000 Tibetan refugees living in the southern state had been
warned not to stage any protests during the Chinese Premier's visit
Unfortunate incident: MEA
But the dramatic protest by a Tibetan activist on top of the IISc
building was not just a huge security lapse. It has also opened
the Pandora's Box on the unresolved Tibet question between India
and China just before Wen Jiabao's crucial visit to New Delhi.
Within a couple of hours of that incident, the Indian foreign
ministry said the "miscreant" had been caught.
While the state government is conducing an investigation,
a spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said: "This is an
unfortunate incident. Premier Wen Jiabao is an honoured guest of
this country and all efforts are being made to ensure a complete
success of this visit."
Exploring IT options
The incident took place even as the Chinese premier was in a meeting
with the directors of six top scientific institutions.
Wen Jiabao was discussing issues related to scientific cooperation
between India and China.
"He indicated certain areas in which China is very interested. For
example he mentioned about MEMS (micro electronic mechanical system),
chip design, nano science and technology, genomics, new treatments
and understanding of infectious diseases. These are all areas which
are of interest to all leading institutions including us," said
Prof Goverdhan Mehta, director, Indian Institute of Science (IISC).
Earlier in the day the Premier visited the TCS campus and the ISRO
satellite centre. Jiabao said he hopes that one day India and China
would cooperate in science and IT for the benefit of their people.
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