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Jan 30, 2011 at 01:52pm IST

Karmapa effect: More raids across Dharamsala

Dharamsala: A day after police questioned Tibetan leader Karmapa Lama, ADGP SR Mardi told CNN-IBN that raids were conducted across Dharamsala and five people including Manager of Ambala based Corporation Bank DK Dhar and Dharamsala based hotelier KP Bharadwaj, from whose car Rs 1 crore seized were arrested by the Himachal Pradesh police.

Earlier the Dalai Lama spoke in support of Karmapa calling him a revered leader.

Foreign currency worth Rs 7 crore was recovered from Karmapa's office. Meanwhile candle light march were held protesting raids at offices of Karmapa Lama. Thousands of followers and devotees of Karmapa Lama gathered at BodhGaya in Bihar and carried out a candle light march against the police action at his residence.

Police raids were conducted in the offices and residences of close aides of Karmapa on Saturday. Many foreigners also participating in the candle light march said that the allegation against him that he is a 'Chinese Spy' sounds baseless. Followers also said that the money recovered may be a part of huge donations he receives from across the world.

Police will question Karmapa Lama again on Sunday on the basis of recovery of Chinese currency and the findings from the interrogation of other accused. The police also claim a direct link between the money recovered and the property deals in Himachal Pradesh and other states.

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