The Dalai Lama says he has been told that Chinese agents trained Tibetan women for a mission to kill him.
In an excerpt of the interview with The (London) Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Tibetan Buddhist leader said the women were to pose as devotees seeking his blessing as part of a plot to poison him.
“We received some sort of information from Tibet. Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison — the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned — they were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch (sic),” he said. “I don’t know whether (the reports are) 100 per cent or not. There’s no possibility to cross check that,” he added.
The reports have not been confirmed by the Dalai Lama’s aides.
The Nobel peace laureate currently lives inside a heavy security cordon in Dharamshala, in the Himalayan foothills.
Ties between China and the Dalai Lama remain poor. More than 30 Tibetans have carried out self-immolations in the past year in protest against Chinese attempts to marginalise the Tibetan language and culture, the newspaper reported.
The Dalai Lama was due to accept the $1.8 million (Rs 9.6 crore) Templeton Prize yesterday in London for his work championing science as an element in religious life.