London: Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women to poison the Dalai Lama while posing as a devotee, the Tibetan spiritual leader has said.

The Nobel Laureate said that he had received reports from inside Tibet warning about some Chinese agents training Tibetan women for a mission to poison him.

"We received some sort of information from Tibet," he was quoted as saying. "Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison - the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned - they were supposed to seek blessings from me, and my hand touch."

The Dalai Lama has a high security cordon in his temple palace grounds in Dharamsala on the advice of Indian security officials. His aides were not able to confirm the reports. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet along with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans. The Tibetan government-in-exile, based here, is not recognised by any country. The Tibetan spiritual leader said that suspicion of Beijing's interference in finding his reincarnation after his death meant he could be the last Dalai Lama and Tibetans could decided to abandon the institution a news website reported.

He believed that China will change its hardline stance within his lifetime and adopt democratic reforms. During the interview, he confessed about his struggles to control his temper. "Advisers, secretaries, other people around me, when they make some little, little mistake, then sometimes I burst. Oh yes! Anger and shout! Oh! And some harsh words. But that remains a few minutes, then finished." He sometimes regrets it, but believes it is occasionally good for "correction".

(Agencies)

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