Tseten Dorjee(R) along with his mother Dhumpo Kyi(C) and sister Lhamo Kyi(L) addressing the gathering on the 53rd Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2012. (Phayul photo/Norbu Wangyal)
DHARAMSHALA, May 16: Tsetan Dorjee, one of the three members of the exile family on a March to Tibet has become untraceable in Nepal, leaving his mother and sister fearing for the worse.
On Tuesday, Dorjee had called his mother and informed her that he was carrying on a solitary march from the Nepali town of Lumbini and was headed for Kathmandu.
There has been no news about his since then.
Sources say that Tibetans living in Nepal have been scouting the areas around Lumbini, some 250 kms away from the Kathmandu valley, looking for Dorjee but have failed to trace him.
Some believe that he could have been picked up and arrested by Nepalese police.
Tsetan Dorjee along with his mother Dhumpo Kyi and sister Lhamo Kyi began their March to Tibet from Dharamshala, the seat of Central Tibetan Administration on March 10, coinciding with the 53rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
After marching for over two months, the trio were stopped by Nepali border police and forcibly returned to India last Thursday. Dorjee then went missing and after a couple of days reappeared inside Nepali territory, carrying on with the march.
“This march is our expression of solidarity and unity with the Tibetans inside Tibet,” the three had told Phayul at the beginning of their long journey home.
“As Tibetans in Tibet keep burning themselves for a free Tibet, it is our responsibility to be united and stand together for Tibet.”
The mother and sister are on their way back to Dharamshala and, according to sources, plan to sit on a fast in support of Dorjee.
“I don’t know how long they plan to fast but I am afraid they will carry on as long as Dorjee continues with the campaign,” Soepa, a close friend of the family told Phayul.