Tibetan monk crawls for world peace

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Kangra, Oct 29 (UNI) A 37-year old Buddhist monk, crawling for world peace and human rights, arrived in this temple town this evening from Tibet on way to McLeodganj, headquarters of Tibetan Government inexile.

Choetor reached here with a hand driven cart, which he uses for the night stay, carrying a Tibetan flag on it.

The monk had started his pilgrimage from Tibet to McLeodganj two years and five months ago and crossed Sunauli-Nepal Border to reach Kathmandu. Lying prostrate, he had been crawling since then to highlight human rights violations in Tibet and pray for world peace.

While Talking to UNI, Choetor could convey his sentiments through a local Tibetan. He said he was nabbed before he crossed the Nepal Border and was kept for some days in captivity, but was released as nothing could be established against him.

He crossed Basti, Faizabad, Lucknow, Baraily, Rampur, Muradabad and Gaziabad before he arrived in Delhi. It took him 80 days to reach here from Delhi.

He takes his cart more than 100 meters ahead and then comes back and moves lying on the ground. He said he was hopeful to have an audience with the Tibetan Temporal Head, the Dalai Lama.

Choetor had been sustaining himself on fried flour and tea for this entire pilgrimage and was schedule to stay at Shate monastery at McLeodganj on his arrival there.

He said he would not return to Tibet but stay at Dharamshala because Indian people were nice.

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